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Full text of "Town of Wilmington Annual Report"

Town of 
Wilmington 







Amnial Report 
1997 



IN MEMORIAM 



LOUIS ARBING 
MARION BOYLEN 
CHARLES J. DOLAN 
ELAINE FARRELLO 
A. DANIEL GILLIS 
ROBERT HAMILTON 
MARY E. HARVEY 
KENNETH M. LYONS, SR. 

ALICE G. MARCY 
ARTHUR F. SPEAR, SR. 
WILLIAM F. STROB, SR. 
MIRIAM (MELZAR) SULLIVAN 
JOSEPH C. WATERHOUSE 
FRANK YENTILE 



(front cover) 

On June 19, 1997, Library staff, Friends of the 
Library, Town Officials , Employees and numerous 
volunteers combined efforts to "Celebrate the 
Library". Hundreds of residents came to the Town 
Common to enjoy this gala event which kicked off the 
1997 Annual Summer Reading Club with the theme of 
"Celebration" . 



Table o£ Contents 

Title Page 

Accepted Streets 45 

Animal Control Officer 33 

Board of Appeals 84 

Board of Assessors 20 

Board of Health 60 

Board of Registrars 23 

Board of Selectmen 2 

Boards, Committees & Commissions 10 

Cable T.V. Advisory Task Force 59 

Carter Lecture Fund 72 

Constable 23 

Council for the Arts 98 

Department of Public Works 102 

Directory of Officials 9 

Disabilities, Commission on 83 

Elderly Services Department 81 

Fire Department 23 

Historical Commission 71 

Housing Authority 64 

Housing Partnership 43 

Inspector of Buildings 34 

Library 77 

Meeting Dates and Times 196 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council 100 

Middlesex Canal Commission 57 

Mission Statement 1 

Municipal Services Guide 14 

Officers and Department Heads 13 

Permanent Building Committee 73 

Planning/Conservation Department 36 

Police Department 27 

Public Buildings Department 72 

Recreation Department 74 

Redevelopment Authority 58 

Sealer of Weights and Measurers 97 

School Department 110 

Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School 127 

Telephone Directory by Department 197 

Tovm Accountant 174 

Town Clerk 21 

Town Counsel 66 

Town Manager 5 

Town Meetings Annual Town Election - April 19, 1997 131 

Annual Town Meeting - April 26, 1997 133 

Special Town Meeting - November 17, 1997 171 

Town Treasurer/Collector 19 

Unaccepted Ways Committee 52 

Veterans' Services 65 

Water and Sewer Department 107 



The "Mission Statement for the Town of Wilmington" is as follows: 

"The Town of Wilmington, as a municipal corporation, exists in 
order to deliver a wide range of municipal services to those who 
live, work or own property within the borders of Wilmington; and 
in order to make this community a good place to live, to work, and 
to raise and educate a family, those services must be responsive 
to the needs of the people. They must be effective and efficient. 
Principles of honesty, fairness, dependability and compassion must 
govern the actions of the officials and the employees of the Town. 
Those who work for the Town as employees or as members of boards, 
committees and commissions are recognized as its most important 
resource and the key to its success in serving the people of 
Wilmington . " 

Endorsed by the Board of Selectmen May 22, 1989. 



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The work of the Board of Selectmen during 1997 continued to focus on a variety 
of issues related to managing and accommodating growth. 

There is no question that the Town of Wilmington offers many attractions for a 
variety of interests. Organizations seeking an affordable place to conduct 
business are choosing to start up or relocate in Wilmington. Families 
searching for a safe and nurturing environment to raise children are buying 
homes here. While some retirees leave Wilmington for other parts of the 
country, many are choosing to stay in town to take advantage of the many 
opportunities available to them. 

The Master Plan Advisory Committee met with the Board in January to outline 
its recommendations. The committee noted that a concerted effort must begin 
to establish clear goals and objectives concerning future development, in 
short, a vision of what we want Wilmington to look like and to be like. Once 
we have a clear vision of where we want to be, the town must then plot the 
best course to move us in that direction. 

At the urging of the Board of Selectmen, Annual Town Meeting participants 
agreed to appropriate $30,000 for assistance in the preparation of the first 
phase of a comprehensive master plan. It is expected that this appropriation 
will enable the town to begin to update its planning tools, conduct land use 
analysis and establish mechanisms to measure the impact of growth on town 
services and infrastructure . 

One very tangible impact of growth throughout the community has been the need 
for additional school and general government space. Thanks to the wisdom of 
Wilmington residents, a debt exclusion slightly in excess of $31 million was 
authorized and funded for a comprehensive middle school and police/fire 
station. Both projects are well into the planning phase at the close of 1997. 

Work on the Route 62 bridge project began with a pre-construction conference 
in June. Engineers from the Massachusetts Highway Department met with 
representatives from the town and the general contractor to discuss issues 
such as parking during construction, continued access over the bridge during 
construction and a variety of other concerns critical to the town. According 
to state engineers the project is expected to start in earnest in the spring 
of 1998 and to be complete in 1999. 



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Board members affirmed their support of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation 
Authority's (MBTA) plans to construct a parking area capable of accommodating 
250 to 300 vehicles. The parking facility will be located near the Main 
Street railroad crossing in an area currently being occupied by an MBTA 
maintenance building. A time line for completion has not yet been set. 

Double and triple utility poles on town sidewalks and along town roadways has 
been a significant safety concern for the Board. At the urging of the 
Selectmen the 1997 Annual Town Meeting approved a measure to address this 
issue. Since adoption of the by-law many multiple poles have been removed. 
Utility companies are preparing a local inventory of all multiple pole 
locations. Under the new by-law such poles must be removed by a time certain. 

Selectmen continue to monitor the remediation efforts of the Olin Corporation 
as they continue to take steps to mitigate the impact of the subsurface 
contamination which originated from their property on Eames Street. 
Representatives from the Olin Corporation have presented test results from 
subsurface borings which indicate that the contaminants pose no immediate 
threat to the town's water supply. 

In an effort to ensure public access to Silver Lake by residents of all 
abilities, the Selectmen have entered into an agreement with the Massachusetts 
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife to design and construct a fishing pier. 
The town is working with its state legislative delegation to obtain the 
necessary state funding. 

In March the Board, at the recommendation of the Cable T.V. Advisory Task 
Force, executed a 10 year renewal of MediaOne's license to provide cable 
service. The license, which contains many key provisions favorable to the 
town, ensures that Wilmington residents are guaranteed access to cable 
service . 

Board members wish to acknowledge the generous donation which was made to the 
town by the Sons of Italy. Their donation of $33,116 enabled the town to 
purchase a handicapped accessible van to transport senior citizens to and from 
appointments . 

Clearly, one of the Board's most critical responsibilities and perhaps our 
most important decision is the appointment of a Town Manager. While the Board 
is responsible for setting broad policy and direction it is the Town Manager 
who is responsible for obtaining and directing the necessary personnel and 
other resources to ensure that municipal services continue at the highest 
level possible. In light of the strong leadership which Michael Caira has 
demonstrated. Selectmen voted to reappoint him for a three year term as Town 
Manager . 



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while the Town Manager deserves much credit for the dramatic improvement in 
the town's fiscal affairs over the past several years and for the quality 
services which we all receive, none of this would be possible without the hard 
work and dedication of the town employees and volunteers. Their day to day 
contributions are recognized and appreciated. 




Daniel C. Wandell, Chairman 




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Lcfi lo rii>lil: Selectman Michael J. Newlwuse, Selectman Robert J. Cain. Chairman Daniel C. Wandell (seated). 
Selectman James .1. Rooney and Selectman Michael V. McCoy. 



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Town ofWilmington 

121 GLEN ROAD 
WILMINGTON, MA 01887 



OFFICE OF THE FAX (508) 658-3334 

TOWN MANAGER TTY (508) 694 1417 

(508) 658 3311 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and Residents of Wilmington: 

At the 1997 Annual Town Meeting and Election, Wilmington voters said "Yes" to 
the town's most ambitious capital improvement program since the adoption of 
Proposition 2 M in 1981. Residents voted to authorize passage of a $31. 6M 
debt exclusion to finance the design and construction of a new comprehensive 
middle school and a joint police and fire facility. It is my belief that 
informed voters factored the town's improved fiscal position into their 
reasoning when approving these two major bond issues. 

The town's improved fiscal position is a result of external economic factors 
and internal financial planning. Throughout the 1990 's efforts have 
concentrated on reducing the growth of government and on delivering services 
more efficiently. The implementation of a deliberately conservative fiscal 
plan contributed to the town's economic recovery. It was only several years 
ago that the town was beset with deficits, tax liabilities and the routine 
requirement of borrowing to meet everyday obligations. Free cash, a standard 
measurement of a community' s financial condition was certified at more than 
negative $1.5M. Thankfully, that situation has changed. Instead, we are 
reporting for the third consecutive year positive free cash at a rate far in 
excess of prior years. As of July 1, 1997, the town's positive free cash 
position has been certified by the State Department of Revenue at just under 
$2.4M, a better than $1.3M improvement from one year ago. In free cash alone, 
the town has made a positive "swing" of more than $4M. 

Free cash is but one indicator of Wilmington's positive financial condition. 
Water reserves exceed $1.1M which has enabled the town to dedicate significant 
dollars to capital improvements within the system without the need to borrow. 
Since 1991, more than $400,000 has been earmarked to the capital stabilization 
fund. This source of revenue has allowed the town to supplement certain 
capital expenditures, thus minimizing the impact on tight operational budgets. 
The current balance in the stabilization fund, which is not factored in the 
town's free cash, is better than $161,000. 

In November of 1997, Selectmen adopted the recommendation of the Board of 
Assessors to establish the tax classification shift at 1.60. As a result of 
this decision, the 1998 residential tax rate remained at the same level as the 
previous year. This was the first time since 1989 that the residential tax 
rate did not increase. Additionally, the Commercial, Industrial and Personal 
Property rate experienced its lowest increase (2%) since 1991. In October of 
1997, ratepayers saw their water rates decrease to the lowest level since 1988 



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and sewer users experienced a rate reduction for the fifth consecutive year. 
In the last five years sewer rates have decreased by 46%. 

It is my belief that as the town prepares to issue debt in conjunction with 
its capital building program, it can expect low interest rates and a positive 
response from financial institutions. Building positive reserves, minimizing 
long term debt, stabilizing utility and tax rates and maintaining a 
deliberately conservative spending posture is paramount to insuring 
Wilmington's future fiscal health. 

Design firms have been selected for the two major building projects. 
Architectural Resources of Cambridge, Inc. (ARC) was hired to design and 
oversee construction for the 150,000 sq. ft. middle school. By year's end, 
the schematic design had been submitted for review to the Permanent Building 
Committee and to the School Committee. The building is being designed to 
accommodate the educational needs of more than 1,000 students in grades 6 
through 8 . 

The town chose Donham & Sweeney Inc. of Boston to provide architectural and 
engineering services for the design and construction of a new public safety 
building. The initial startup of the project was delayed due to wetland 
issues on site. The town has determined that the best utilization for the 
Adelaide /Church Street site requires municipal sewerage and a proposal to that 
effect will be brought forward at Town Meeting. At the end of the year, the 
architect presented the Permanent Building Committee with a detailed "Space 
Needs Study" for the proposed facility. Assisting the town throughout the 
design and construction project is Stuart Lesser of Joslin, Lesser and 
Associates. Mr. Lesser, an architect recognized for his expertise and 
extensive experience in managing public construction, will serve as project 
manager for both projects. 

Several important planning issues were brought to the forefront in 1997. The 
town appropriated $30,000 to undertake the priority elements of a 
Comprehensive Master Plan recommended by the Master Plan Advisory Committee. 
The Water and Sewer Department is in the process of updating the Sewer Master 
Plan in conjunction with funding a townwide Environmental Impact Study. A 
draft Open Space and Recreational Plan was prepared in anticipation of the 
development of a final plan in 1998. And finally. Town Meeting accepted the 
report of the Committee on Unaccepted Ways to establish a town participatory 
betterments program in an effort to improve substandard streets . 

New facilities and planning initiatives were not the only item on the Town 
Meeting agenda. The voters adopted several changes to both the Inhabitants 
and Zoning Bylaws. Three of the more significant adoptions included new 
bylaws to regulate utility poles; a bylaw to regulate the use and location of 
wireless communication facilities; and the promulgation of a major revision to 
the town's flood plain district. 

Municipal departments continue their efforts to improve upon services. 
Surplus funds generated from recreation sponsored programs enabled the town to 
eliminate resident user fees at Silver Lake. A second playground area was 
opened to accommodate the overflow of youngsters participating in the 
Recreation Department's summer program. Additional staffing and a significant 
boost to the books' and materials' account contributed to more program 



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offerings at the Library. The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library have 
become an important adjunct to the Library's community outreach efforts. The 
Historical Commission discovered a large collection of Wilmington memorabilia 
dating back to the 18th century. The collection, which includes museum 
quality artifacts, was purchased upon the recommendation of the Board of 
Selectmen and the approval of the Finance Committee. 

The Board of Health increased its support of outpatient mental health services 
and continued its outreach efforts through the sponsorship of a wide variety 
of health initiatives, including a town Health Fair and a "To Your Health" 
video series . 

Two lotteries were held for 18 affordable units at Shawsheen Commons and for 
an affordable house on Town-owned land. A First Time Homebuyer's Program was 
established through the North Shore Home Consortium. At year's end, the 
town's Community Development Block Grant was renewed to continue in place the 
successful Employment Assistance Program and the town's Revolving Business 
Loan Program. The town received a variety of grants throughout the year, 
including funding for elderly services, septic management, a tobacco health 
program, community policing and fire protection. 

In 1997, the town addressed many of its capital equipment needs. Four 
replacement cruisers were put into service at the Police Station and the new 
fire engine authorized at the 1996 Annual Town Meeting was delivered this past 
year. Maintenance, service and construction vehicles were purchased for the 
Public Buildings and Public Works Departments. The Wilmington Sons of Italy 
donated more than $33,000 for the purchase of a handicapped accessible van for 
the Elderly Services Department and a similar van was purchased from town 
funds for the School Department . 

The town made many improvements to recreational, school and municipal 
facilities in 1997. New sidewalks were constructed on Shawsheen Avenue from 
Ferguson Road to Carter Lane and on Carter Lane to school property. New 
sidewalks were also constructed on Adams and Parker Streets, and more than 
9,000 feet of sidewalks were repaired and overlayed on Church Street, Reed 
Street and Harold Avenue. The most ambitious street resurfacing project in 
memory resulted in repaving over 10 miles of roadways on 29 different streets. 
Public Works' employees upgraded ball fields at the Woburn Street School, at 
Rotary Park and at the Town Hall complex. The track at the High School was 
also resurfaced. 

Among the major building improvement projects undertaken by the town in 1997 
were the repair of roofs at the Woburn Street School and at the Fourth of July 
Building; the window replacement project at the Wildwood School; and extensive 
classroom modifications at the West Intermediate and High Schools. Town 
Meeting voters approved the expenditure of $52,500 to upgrade the fire alarm 
system at the West Intermediate School and more than $16,000 for ADA 
improvements at the Library. 

I am especially grateful to the scores of volunteers who serve on town boards 
and committees. Their efforts more than supplement the work of town employees 
and officials. The Town of Wilmington has long boasted a roster of dedicated 
volunteers and employees whose work ethic and commitment to excellence 
contribute to the betterment of our community. We thank and recognize the 



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efforts of Conservation Commissioner Barbara Sullivan, Library Trustee 
Patricia Duggan, Planning Board member Karen Metcalfe and Recreation 
Commissioner Jim Buckley, all of whom stepped down from their respective 
committees after many years of dedicated service. We mourn the passing of 
Milton Calder, who served as a member of the Board of Health since 1986, and 
Police Officer Joseph Waterhouse, whose sudden passing saddened an entire 
community . 

Three of the town's most senior department heads have retired. 
Treasurer/Collector Joseph Peters, whose expertise in collection procedures 
and debt management contributed to Wilmington's financial recovery, was 
replaced by Stanley Smith. Mr. Smith is the former Assistant Treasurer/ 
Collector in the Town of Concord, Massachusetts. Edie Cunningham, who served 
12 years as coordinator for the Council on Aging and then in 1991 became 
Wilmington's first Director of Elderly Services, retired at year's end. Mrs. 
Cunningham was replaced by Theresa Marciello, a licensed social worker and 
gerontology professional. One last storm marked the departure of retiring DPW 
Superintendent Bob Palmer. Bob retired following 44 years of exemplary 
service to his community, 30 of which found him as head of the town's largest 
municipal department. Donald Onusseit, P.E., former DPW Director in the Town 
of Wakefield, is the new Superintendent. Best wishes are extended to retiring 
Police Lieutenant Robert Larivee and Detective Michael Celata, who together 
provided Wilmington with more than 52 years of professional law enforcement 
services. Ann Schwartz of the Town Manager's office, Charles Ganno of the 
Department of Public Works and Kenneth Roberts of the Public Buildings 
Department also retired in 1997 following many years of dedicated service to 
Wilmington . 

As I reflect on the year 1997 I am reminded of a witticism credited to author 
James B. Conant who wrote, "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he 
sticks his neck out." Like the turtle, town government's steps have been 
measured and steady, enabling Wilmington residents the opportunity to stick 
their necks out and chart a path of progress for our families and our future. 




Town Mcinai^er Michael A. Caira congratulates retiring 
DFW Superiittendent Robert F. Fahner on 44 years of 
dedicated service to the Town of Wilmington. 



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Directory of Officials - January 1, 1998 



Board of Selectmen 



Daniel C. Wandell, Chairman 
James J. Rooney 
Michael V. McCoy 
Michael J. Newhouse 
Robert J. Cain 



1998 
1998 
1999 
1999 
2000 



Town Manager 



Michael A. Caira 



Moderator 



James C. Stewart 



2000 



School Committee 



Barbara K. Breakey, Chairman 1999 

Susanne L. Clarkin, Vice Chairman 2000 

Suzanne Spiris Rooney, Secretary 1998 

Paul R. Palizzolo 1998 

Stephen P. Peterson 1998 

Robert W. Young 1999 

Thomas W. Siracusa 2000 



Superintendent of Schools 



Geraldine A. O'Donnell 



Finance Committee 



George W. Hooper, Chairman 2000 

John F. Doherty III, Vice Chairman 1999 

Barry J. Mulholland, Secretary 1999 

William A. Cole 1998 

John M. Walsh 1998 

Ann Yurek 1998 

Anthony E. Krzeminski 1999 

Paul Sweeney 2000 

Robert D. Ennis 2000 



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Boards, Committees & Commissions 1997 



Term 
Expires 



Appeals, Board of 

Charles E. Boyle, Chairman 1999 

Philip A. Fenton, Sr. 1998 

Louis J. Farkas, Jr. 2000 

Anita H. Backman, Assoc. 1998 

Robert L. Doucette, Assoc. 1998 

John R. Forrest, Assoc. 1998 



Assessors, Board of 

Humphrey J. Moynihan, Principal 

Roger J. Lessard 

Cable TV Advisory Task Force 
Jeffrey M. Hull, Chairman 
Ruth Kennedy 
A. Quincy Vale 
Peter Nelson 
Bradford L. Jackson 



Carter Lecture Fund Committee 

H. Elizabeth White, Chairman 1998 

Andrea B. Houser, Corr. Sec. 1999 

Dorothy V. Lafionatis, Treas . 2000 

Ann H. Berghaus, Rec. Sec. 2000 

Adele C. Passmore, Publicity 1998 

Cemetery Commission 

William F. Cavanaugh, Chairman 2000 

Bernard P. McMahon 1998 

Willis C. Lyford 1999 

Conservation Commission 

James H. Morris, Chairman 1998 

Judith A. Waterhouse, V. Chmn. 1998 

Richard J. Patterson 1998 

Lisa A. Brothers 1999 

Derek P. Fullerton 1999 

Mark J. Brazell 2000 

Jolene S. Lewis 2000 

Disabilities, Commission On 

Frank A. Botte, Chairman 1998 

Joseph P. Franceschi, Jr. 1998 

Richard Gage 1999 

Phyllis P. Genetti 1999 

Charlotte A. Guthrie 2000 

George B. O'Connell 2000 



James J. Rooney (Selectmen Liaison) 



Term 
Expires 

Elderly Services Commission 

Joseph C. Filipowicz, Chairman 1998 



Thomas J. Barrasso 1998 

Henry C. Latta 1998 

Marilyn K. McCarthy 1999 

Joseph A. Paglia 1999 

Evelyn T. Kaminski 2000 

Frank J. Ratto 2000 



Emergency Management Committee 

Michael A. Caira 

Jeffrey M. Hull 

Daniel R. Stewart 

Gregory P. Erickson 

Donald N. Onusseit 

Michael Morris 

Michael J. Woods 

Bobby N. Stewart 

Daniel W. Paret 

Roger J. Lessard 



Health, Board of 

James A. Ficociello, Chmn. 1998 

James E. Mahoney, Jr. 1999 

Milton E. Calder, Sr.* 2000 
*Deceased 

Historical Commission 

Carolyn R. Harris, Chairman 1999 

Dorothy V. Lafionatis, Treas. 1998 

Paul L. Chalifour 1998 

Kathleen Black Reynolds 1998 

James T. Murray 1999 

Jean M. Rowe 1999 

Frank J. West 2000 

Housing Authority 

Lillian C. C. Hupper, Chmn. 2000 
Charles R. Fiore, Jr., V. Chmn. 1998 

Dorothy A. Butler, Sec. 1998 

Melvin F. Keough 2001 
*Robert DiPasquale, Vice Treas. 
*State Appointee 

Housing Partnership 

Mark T. Haldane, Chairman 1999 

Raymond G. Forest, V. Chairman 1999 

Charles E. Boyle 1999 

Gregory P. Erickson 1999 

Carole S. Hamilton 1999 

Lillian C. C. Hupper 1999 

Daniel W. Paret 1999 

Rev. Herbert Taylor 1999 

Lester E. White 1999 
Lynn Goonin Duncan, Director 



Daniel C. Wandell, Sel. Liaison 



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Boards, Committees & Commissions 1997 



Term 
Expires 

Library Trustees 

Mary J. Deislinger, Chairman 1998 
Martha K. Stevenson, V. Chairman 1998 

James F. Banda 1999 

Anne Buzzell 1999 

Maureen A. Rounds 2000 

Lester E. White 2000 

Permanent Building Committee 

Roger J. Lessard, Chairman 1999 

Randi R. Holland 1998 

Mark T. Haldane 1999 

Joseph A. Langone 2000 

Paul J. Melaragni 2000 

Planning Board 

James L. Diorio, Chairman 2001 

Michael A. Roache, Clerk 1999 

Austin L. Rounds 1998 

Scott C. Garrant 2000 

Carole S. Hamilton 2002 

Recreation Commission 

William Savosik, Chairman 2000 

C. Michael Burns, V. Chairman 1999 

Larry G. Noel 1998 

Jay Tighe 1998 

Debra J. Gray 2000 

Redevelopment Authority 

Charles N. Gilbert, Chairman 2001 
Patricia F. Duggan*, V. Chairman 1998 

John H. Creeth, Treas . 1998 

Paul Logan, Asst. Treas. 1998 

A. Mark Zinan 2001 
Michael N. Matt, Consultant 
* State Appointment 

Regional Vocational Technical 
School Committee 

Robert G. Peterson 1998 

James M. Gillis 2000 



Town Center Committee 
Michael J. Newhouse, Chairman 
Raymond G. Forest, Vice Chmn. 
Diane M. Allan 
Noel D. Baratta, Sr. 
Michael A. Caira 
Rocco V. DePasquale 
James L. Diorio 
Patricia F. Duggan 
Lynn G. Duncan 
Charles N. Gilbert 
Carole S. Hamilton 
Joseph A. Langone 
Richard A. Longo 
Michael N. Matt 
Margaret Quinn 
James J. Rooney 

Town Forest Committee 
Robert P. Palmer, Chairman 
Forrest G. Downs 
Frederick L. Jaeschke 

Trustees of Trust Funds 
Michael Morris 
Lorraine P. Dineen 
Stanley E. Smith 

Unaccepted Ways, Committee On 

Michael A. Roache, Chairman 

Lynn G. Duncan, Secretary 

Silverius J. Blonigen 

Robert J. Cain 

Richard Capone 

Cheryl A. Dunn 

Harold R. Gillam 

Randi R. Holland 

William G. Hooper 

Andrew Kuchinsky 

Robert P. Palmer 

Vincent Scifo 

Martha K. Stevenson 



Term 
Expires 



2000 
1999 
2000 



2000 
2000 
2000 



Registrars, Board of 

Barbara J. Buck, Chairman 

Edward L. Sousa 

Alice M. Hooper 

Kathleen M. Scanlon, Clerk 



1998 
1999 
2000 



Water and Sewer Commissioners 



Noel D. Baratta, Sr 
Richard A. Longo 
Edwin P. Tripp, III 



Chairman 



1999 
1998 
2000 



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Boards, Committees & Commissions 1997 



Wilmington Arts Council 

David J. Maison, Chairman 

H. Elizabeth White, V. Chairman 

Anne Buzzell, Treasurer 

Jane Crane, Rec. Sec. 

Frances Keough, Corr.Sec. 

Daniel H. Ballou, Sr. 

Carmelo J. Corsaro 

Marguerite Elia 

Evelyn C. Gibbs 

Edith M. Michelson 

Augustine E. Rice 

Annette Campbell 

Hinda Paquette 

Carolyn L. Stanhope 

Bruce E. Jope 

Francis T. Toohey 



Term 
Expires 



1999 
1999 
1998 
1999 
1999 
1998 
1998 
1998 
1998 
1998 
1998 
1999 
1999 
1999 
1998 
1998 



Term 
Expires 



Precinct 1 



Wilmington Election Officers 
Annually Precinct 4 



Annually 



Mary D'Eon, Warden 
Helen F. Sears, Dep. Warden 
Sandra S. Volpe, Clerk 
Phyllis M. Flaherty, Dep. Clk 
Clarice J. Ross, Insp. 
Carol Arena, Dep. Insp. 
Joan Goulet, Dep. Insp. 
Edith Ann Graham, Dep. Insp. 
Heidi Sencabaugh, Dep. Insp. 
Jenna Volpe, Dep. Insp. 
Priscilla R. Ward, Dep. Insp. 

Precinct 2 

Andrea Houser, Warden 
Jeanne Buck, Dep. Warden 
Henrietta I. Bonnell, Clerk 
Helen DelTorto, Dep. Clerk 
Eleanor Doyle, Inspector 
Shirley Pumfrey, Dep. Insp. 

Precinct 3 

Mary E. Woods, Warden 
Loretta R. Caira, Dep. Warden 
Ruth J. Bedell, Clerk 
Minnie Kirby, Inspector 
Norinne M. Markey, Insp. 
Beverly Vokey, Inspector 
Lorraine Hermann, Dep. Insp. 



Sarah H. Cosman, Warden 
Joan Searfoss, Dep. Warden 
Elizabeth L. Coville, Dep. Clk 
Anita Backman, Dep. Insp. 
Denise Kearns, Dep. Insp. 
Marilyn West, Dep. Insp. 
Dorothy L. Peters, Tally Clerk 

Precinct 5 

Marlene Moran, Warden 
Margaret Blonigen, Dep. Wdn 
Judith A. Simmons, Dep. Clk 
Sandra Curtin, Inspector 
Veronica DiOrio, Dep. Insp. 
Mary Husen, Dep. Inspector 
Nancy Luciano, Dep. Insp. 
Melissa Nobile, Dep. Insp. 
Marion J. Woller, Dep. Insp. 

Precinct 6 

Evelyn W. Conlin, Warden 
Louise M. Wallent, Dep. Wdn 
Jean M. Draper, Inspector 
Marion C. Murphy, Inspector 
Jane Finn, Dep. Insp. 
Ada Peters, Dep. Insp. 



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Officers And Department 


Heads - January 1, 1998 






Accountant 


Michael Morris 


694 


-2029 


Administrative Assistant 


Margaret A. Tarantino 


658 


-3311 


Animal Control/Inspector 


Ellen G. Davis 


658 


-7845 


Assistant Town Manager 


Jeffrey M. Hull 


658 


-3311 


Assessor, Principal 


Humphrey J. Moynihan 


658 


-3675 


Constable 


Charles L. Ellsworth 


658 


-3078 


Elderly Services Director 


Theresa Marciello* 


657 


-7595 


Emergency Management Director 


Daniel R. Stewart 


658 


-3346 


Fire Chief 


Daniel R. Stewart 


658 


-3346 


Housing Authority Exec. Director 


Karen DeJoie 


658 


-8531 


Inspector of Buildings 


Daniel W. Paret 


658 


-4531 


Ipswich River Watershed Assoc. 


John B. Keeley 
Herbert D. Nickerson 


694 
658 


-2024 
-4207 


Librarian 


Christina A. Stewart 


658 


-2967 


Mass . Bay Transportation 
Authority Advisory Board 


Michael V. McCoy 


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Mass. Water Resource Authority 
Advisory Board Rep. 


Michael J. Woods 


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Metropolitan Area Planning 
Council 


Lynn G. Duncan 


658 


-8238 


Northeast Solid Waste Committee 


Michael A. Caira 


658 


-3311 


Planning/Conservation Director 


Lynn G. Duncan 


658 


-8238 


Plumbing and Gas Inspector 


William R. Harrison 


658 


-4531 


Police Chief 


Bobby N. Stewart 


658 


-5071 


Public Buildings Superintendent 


Roger J. Lessard 


658 


-3017 


Public Health Director 


Gregory P. Erickson 


658 


-4298 


Public Health Nurse 


Ann V. FitzGerald, R.N. 


694 


-2041 


Public Works Superintendent 


Donald N. Onusseit, P.E.* 


658 


-4481 


Reading Municipal Light Dept. 
Advisory Board 


Roger J. Lessard 
Kenneth Mastrullo 


658 
658 


-3017 
-5600 


Recreation Director 


Ronald N. Swasey 


658 


-4270 


Redevelopment Authority, 
Consultant 


Michael N. Matt 


657 


-5649 


Sealer of Weights and Measures 


James J. Babineau (781) 


665 


-8301 


Town Clerk 


Kathleen M. Scanlon 


658 


-2030 


Town Counsel 


Alan Altman 


658 


-3388 


Town Engineer 


Harold R. Gillam, P.E. 


658 


-44 99 


Town Manager 


Michael A. Caira 


658 


-3311 


Treasurer/Collector 


Stanley E. Smith 


658 


-3531 


Veterans' A:;;ent/Grave Officer 


Paul A. Farrell 


694 


-2040 


Water & Sewer Superintendent 


Michael J. Woods 


658 


-4711 


Wiring Inspector 


Arthur T. Kelley 


658 


-4531 



* Ms. Marciello appointed January 12, 1998 to replace Edith Cunningham who retired 

* Mr. Onusseit appointed January 12, 1998 to replace Robert Palmer who retired 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON MUNICIPAL SERVICES GUIDE 



GENERAL ADMINISTRATION 

Board of Selectmen (Meeting dates - 2nd & 4th Monday evening 7:00 p.m.) 

The Board of Selectmen is recognized by the General Laws of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts as the Town's chief elected officials. The Board is 
responsible for appointing the Town Manager, the Board of Appeals, the Town 
Counsel and the Town Accountant. The Selectmen are also responsible for 
issuing numerous licenses including alcohol licenses, common victualer 
licenses and licenses to operate automobile dealerships. The Selectmen serve 
on a part-time basis. Phone 658-3311 

Daniel C. Wandell, Chairman 
Robert J. Cain 
Michael V. McCoy 
Michael J. Newhouse 
James J . Rooney 

Town Manager - Michael A. Caira - 658-3311 

The Town Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town. He 
supervises and directs the administration of all departments, boards and 
commissions except for the Board of Selectmen, Town Moderator, Finance 
Committee, Schools, Board of Appeals, Election Officers and Registrars of 
Voters. His duties include the appointment and removal, if necessary, of 
staff and members of certain boards and commissions; attendance at all 
regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Selectmen to advise and recommend 
specific courses of action regarding issues affecting the Town; representing 
the Town in all litigation to which the Town is a party; acting as the Chief 
Fiscal Officer of the Town; preparation and administration of a comprehensive 
annual budget and directing the procurement of all goods and services on 
behalf of the Town. 

Assistant Town Manager - Jeffrey M. Hull - 658-3311 

The Assistant Town Manager is responsible for the Town's health, workmans 
compensation, general liability, property, automobile, etc. insurances; 
developing the Town's recycling program and insuring that the Town meets the 
procurement regulations established by the State. The Assistant Town Manager 
serves as staff director to the Cable TV Advisory Task Force; assists with 
the preparation of the annual budget and provides general assistance to the 
Town Manager in other areas of municipal administration. 

Town Clerk - Kathleen M. Scanlon - 658-2030 

State law assigns duties to the Town Clerk in three major areas, the keeping 
of records and documents, the issuance of licenses, and the administration of 
elections. In terms of the Town records the Clerk records proceedings of all 
town meetings and elections. The Town Clerk is Registrar of all vital 
statistics and Filing Officer for birth and death certificates, zoning 
decisions, etc. The Clerk's office also issues marriage licenses, fish and 
game licenses, dog licenses, etc. The Clerk acts as supervisor of all 
elections and serves as clerk of the Board of Registrars. 



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FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION 

Tovm Accountant - Michael Morris - 658-2029 



The Accounting Department reviews all requests for payment which involve Town 
funds. The department prepares warrants on a weekly basis for payment of all 
bills owed by the Town. The Accountant maintains the complete official 
financial records of the Town and prepares other financial records and reports 
as needed. Additionally, this office participates in the preparation of the 
annual budget . 

Principal Assessor - Humphrey J. "Skip" Moynihan - 658-3675 

The main responsibility of the Board of Assessors is to levy the property 
taxes necessary to meet appropriations and to insure that taxes are allocated 
equitably on the basis of the property owned by each taxpayer. The assessors 
are required to compute the tax rate and assess all real and personal property 
within the Town at fair-market value i.e. close to the true market value, 
except for property qualifying for preferential assessments such as forest, 
agricultural or recreation land. Tax rates depend on three factors: (1) the 
valuation of taxable property, (2) the tax levy or amount to be raised from 
property taxation and (3) property classification. 

Treasurer/Collector - Stanley E. Smith - 658-3531 

The Treasurer/Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of 
monies due the Town including property and motor vehicle excise taxes and 
charges for water, sewer and ambulance services. This department is 
responsible for preparing the weekly payroll. The Treasurer/Collector 
monitors the Town's cash flow and arranges for short-term and long-term 
borrowing. The department serves as custodian of all Town funds. All 
municipal bank accounts are controlled by this office. The tax title and 
foreclosure proceedings for non-payment of taxes are handled by the 
Treasurer/ Collector . 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Planning/Conservation Director - Lynn G. Duncan - 658-8238 

The major responsibilities of the Planning Department are to: undertake 
studies of land use, economic development, housing, transportation, and other 
matters related to community development; compile and maintain maps, 
statistics and records related to land use and development; review individual 
proposals for development and for compliance with the subdivision regulations 
and zoning by-law; and prepare applications and administer grants related to 
planning and development . 

The primary function of the Conservation Department is the administration and 
enforcement of the Wetlands Protection Act Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 
131, Section 40. The Act is intended to protect seven public interest issues 
related to wetlands: flood control, storm damage prevention, protection of 
public and private water supply, protection of ground water supply, prevention 
of pollution, protection of fisheries, and protection of land containing 
shellfish. Some of the department's responsibilities include reviewing and 
inspecting development projects to insure their compliance with the Town and 
State wetlands statutes. In addition the department manages several pieces of 
property throughout Town which have been placed into the Town's custody as 
conservation land. 



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Building Inspector - Daniel W. Paret - 658-4531 



The Building Inspector interprets and enforces the Tovm's Zoning By-Law, the 
State Uniform Building Code and certain other State codes. This department 
provides assistance to the Zoning Board of Appeals, architects, engineers, 
contractors, and individual property ovmers in preparing zoning cases, plans 
and permit applications. The Building Inspector is responsible for plumbing, 
gas fitting and wiring inspections. 

Director of Public Health - Grecrory P. Erickson - 658-4298 

The department provides two primary types of service. Inspectional services 
include restaurant, retail food stores, cafeterias in industrial buildings and 
schools, all mobile food trucks, ice cream trucks and caterers. In addition 
the department conducts percolation tests for the location of septic systems, 
septic system inspections, nuisance inspections and responds to citizens 
complaints regarding dumping, air pollution and noise pollution and hazardous 
waste spills. The department provides public nursing services. This includes 
an annual rabies clinic for dogs, and immunization for influenza, pneumonia, 
polio and various other diseases. The Town Nurse provides blood pressure and 
cholesterol screenings to Town residents. In addition the nurse provides home 
health care visits to elderly residents of the Town. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Fire Chief - Daniel R. Stewart - 658-3346 -- Emergency Number - 9-1-1 

The main responsibilities of the Wilmington Fire Department are prevention and 
extinguishing of fires. Members of the department make regular fire safety 
inspections of nursing homes, places of public assembly and schools. All 
outdoor burning is regulated by law. These permits may be obtained from the 
Fire Department. The department also issues permits for oil burner 
installations, the storage of flammable liquids such as gasoline and the 
purchase, storage and/or use of explosives such as dynamite, rockets and gun 
powder. The Fire Department provides emergency medical services to residents 
of Wilmington. Firefighters trained as Emergency Medical Technicians are 
assigned as ambulance attendants. Two ambulances provide emergency services 
and urgent patient transport. 

Police Chief - Bobby N. Stewart - 658-5071 -- Emergency Number - 9-1-1 

The principle responsibility of the Wilmington Police Department is the 
protection of people and property through enforcement of criminal laws and 
traffic regulations. The department also enforces certain local by-laws and 
provides public education such as the DARE program. Animal Control services 
are provided through this department . 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 

Superintendent - Donald N. Onusseit - 658-4481 or 658-4484 

The Public Works Department is responsible for highways, trees, parks, 
cemeteries, water, sewers, refuse and recycling. The Highway Division is 
responsible for the care and maintenance of the roads, sidewalks, parking 
areas, and traffic lights. The Engineering Division assists town departments, 
boards and commissions with engineering related projects, such as drainage 



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problems, review of subdivision plans and inspection of subdivision roadway 
construction. The Parks &. Grounds Division is responsible for the maintenance 
of the Town's commons, parks and recreation areas. The Tree Division is 
responsible for the Town's public shade and ornamental trees and maintenance 
of the trees on the Town common. The Public Works Department is also 
responsible for the operation of the Town's water supply, distribution, 
treatment systems, septic pumping stations, the sanitary sewer collection 
systems and the septic disposal station. These responsibilities are assumed 
by the Water & Sewer Department. The Department operates two water treatment 
plants in accordance with regulations established by the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Federal 
Environmental Agency (EPA) . 

In addition, the Public Works Department operates a curbside recycling program 
for many household items, maintains a composting center for grass and leaf 
disposal and oversees a contract for residential solid waste collection. 

PUBLIC BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT 



Superintendent - Roger J. Lessard - 658-3017 or 658-8124 

The Public Buildings Department is responsible for approximately 516,000 
square feet of building space. The department provides custodial services for 
all school buildings and most of the general government buildings. In 
addition to the custodial services, the department repairs and maintains all 
of the Town's municipal buildings. Public Buildings provides for the complete 
set-up at all Town elections and the annual and special town meetings. 

HJJKAN SERVICES 



Elderly Services Director - Theresa Marciello - 657-7595 

Programs are provided for the elderly in a wide range of areas, both on an 
individual and group basis. Examples of the types of programs include health 
information, educational classes, meals on wheels, recreational activities, 
housing assistance, transportation and counselling. Additional services 
included assistance with social security and medicaid concerns . 

Library Director - Christina A. Stewart - 658-2967 

Library services are provided at the Wilmington Memorial Library. The library 
seeks to provide basic educational, informational and recreational library 
services. Staff provides reference and reader services to adults and 
children, furnishing access to the wide spectrum of information available in 
books and other materials. Technical services utilizes the tools of library 
technology to provide the means for informational access and retrieval . The 
library is a member of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, a twenty-six 
member consortium of towns in the Merrimack Valley area. This membership 
allows library patrons to access library resources in each of the twenty-six 
member towns . 



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Recreation Director - Ronald N. Swasey - 658-4270 

The Recreation Department provides a wide variety of leisure programs for 
children and adults. Some of the programs offered through this department 
include a summer swimming program for children, volleyball for adults, the 
Tiny Tots program, summer recreation program for children, ladies fitness, day 
trips to Provincetown and New York City, the Horribles Parade at Halloween and 
a number of other programs. In addition the Recreation Department offers 
resources for travel such as discounts to Walt Disney World. 

Veterans Agent - Paul A. Farrell - 694-2040 

The Veteran's Agent administers a State public assistance program for veterans 
and their dependents who qualify. Financial aid which, is reimbursed in a 
large part by the Commonwealth, is rendered in the form of cash grants to 
cover such items as living expenses and medical bills. The Veteran's Agent 
also offers assistance in applying for pensions and other programs 
administered by the United States Veterans Administration. 




lUilclw iu Apple MdiiuiiiciiI on Clicslnul Slrcct. 



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Treasurer/ Collector 



Commitments 

1998 Real Estate $27,896,729.07 

1998 Personal Property 990,783.50 

1997 Excise 1,959,912.00 

1996 Excise 67,092.15 

Ambulance 251,245.50 

Apportioned Street 2,321.57 

Interest 866.34 

Apportioned Sewer 3 0,308.20 

Interest 19,920.47 

Sewer Liens 2 8,401.31 

Water Liens 150,558.59 

Electric Liens 7 , 920 . 15 

Total $31,406,058.85 



Collections 
Real Estate 
Personal Property 
Excise 

Water Betterments 

Street Betterments 

Sewer Betterments 

Water Liens 

Sewer Liens 

Electric Liens 

Interest and Charges 

Ambulance 

Lien Certificates 

Betterment Certificates 

Mark and Clear Fees 

Water Department Collections 

Total 




$27, 100 
989 
1, 925 
1 
4 
45 
102 
26 
5 

158 
165 

32 

9 

4,459 



, 208 . 19 
, 762 . 06 
, 467 . 50 
, 586 . 14 
, 324 . 37 
, 178 . 38 
, 700 . 16 
, 424 .43 
, 556 . 86 
, 354 . 73 
, 108 . 56 
, 457 . 00 
198 . 00 
, 980 . 00 
, 418 . 12 



$35, 026 , 724 . 50 



Tow n Manager Michcwl A. Caira presents reliniif; 
Ftiuinre Direelor Joseph R Peters with a i ryslal 
lidUlu in Apple. 



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Board of Assessors 



RECAPITULATION - 1998 FISCAL YEAR 



Total Appropriations (Taxation) 

Total Appropriations (Available) 

Total Deficit 

Special Education 

Energy Conservation 

County Retirement Assessment 

County Tax 

Mass. Bay Transportation Authority 
Air Pollution Districts 
Metropolitan Area Planning Council 
Mosquito Control Project 
Amount Certified by Collector & 

Treasurer for Tax Title 
Overlay of Current Year 
Cherry Sheet Offsets 
M. W.R.A 

Final Court Judgements 
RMV Surcharge 



$36 , 417 , 796 . 00 
323 , 356 ■ 00 


367 . GO 


1, 137, 586 . 00 
44 , 868 . 00 
410, 227 . 00 
5,368 . 00 
4 , 526 . 00 
27, 274 . 00 

20,000.00 
650, 000 . 00 
36 , 293 . 00 
1, 312 , 165 . 00 


10 , 380 ■ 00 



$36, 741, 152 . 00 



3 , 659, 054 ■ 00 
$40, 400, 206 . 00 



Less Estimated Receipts and Available Funds 



1998 Estimated Receipts from Local Aid 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise 

Penalties and Interest on Taxes 

Payments in Lieu of Taxes 

Charges for Services - Sewer 

Other Charges for Services 

Fees 

Rentals 

Deferred Teachers Salary 

Departmental Revenue - Library 

Departmental Revenue - Cemetery 

Other Department Revenue 

Licenses and Permits 

Special Assessments 

Fines and Forfeits 

Investment Income 

Voted from Available Funds 



$5,403, 
1, 578, 
155, 
380, 
1,650, 
180, 
55, 
3, 
319, 
12, 
60, 
175, 
305, 
15, 
115, 
250, 
855, 



731 . 00 
083 . 18 
000 . 00 
000 . 00 
434 . 00 
000 . 00 
000 . 00 
000 . 00 
582 . 00 
500 . 00 
000 . 00 
000 . 00 
000 . 00 
000 . 00 
000 . 00 
000 . 00 
363 . 00 



$ 11 , 512 , 693 ■ li 



Real Estate 



Residential 
Commercial 
Industrial 
Personal Property 



$1,090,221,800 @ 13.18 p/t 

98, 127, 700 @ 29. 08 p/t 

367,058,200 @ 29.08 p/t 

34, 070, 960 @ 29. 08 p/t 



$14, 369, 123 .32 
2, 853, 553 . 52 
10, 674, 052 .46 
990 , 783 . 52 
$28, 887, 512 . 82 



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Town Clerk 



vital Statistics - Chapter 46, General Laws as amended: 



Births - Actually recorded for 1997 322 

Marriage Intentions recorded for 1997 112 

Marriages recorded for 1997 109 

Deaths recorded for 1997 245 



Chapter 46, Section 15: 

The Town Clerk will furnish to parents, householders, physicians, and 
registered hospital medical officers applying therefor, blanks for the return 
of births as required by law. 

Chapter 207, Sections 19, 20 & 40: 

Chapter 718, Acts of 1979 made changes to Sections 19 and 20 along with 
Section 4 and as stated before in each annual report anyone intending to 
marry should inquire of this office to see if any changes have been made in 
the laws as they are changing constantly. 

Chapter 207, Section 45: 

This chapter provides for the availability of marriage records. 
Chapter 114, Sections 45, 46: 

One hundred eighty- eight burial permits have been issued by the Town Clerk as 
Special Agent to the Board of Health for the year. Thirteen out-of-state 
deaths were reported and filed in this office. Twenty-three Wilmington 
veterans were buried in Wildwood Cemetery. 

Flammable Permits and Registrations: 

Flammable permits are issued by the Board of Selectmen through the Town 
Clerk's office. Notice is sent to the owner or occupant of land where the 



storage is located on or about April 1st for renewal by April 30th of each 
year. Failure to register on time or to comply with the Board's regulations 
may result in revocation of the permit after a public hearing. Seventy-one 
Flammable Permits were renewed and one new permit was issued during the year. 

Permits & Recordings : 

Uniform Commercial Code Recordings 530 

Uniform Commercial Code Terminations 80 

Business Certificates and Withdrawals 179 

Federal Lien Recordings 21 

Federal Lien Releases 16 

Fish and Wildlife Licenses 533 

Pole Sc Conduit Locations 20 

Dog Licenses 1,14 5 

Raffle and Bazaar Permits 6 



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other Services : 



By virtue of her office, the Town Clerk is clerk to the Board of Registrars. 
In this capacity, she has met with the Board of Registrars on a regular 
monthly meeting night, kept the minutes of same up to date, supervised all 
elections and the Annual Town Census by mail. The Town Clerk's office also 
maintains current voting lists and registers voters during regular office 
hours. She also meets with the Board for special evening sessions to register 
voters and to certify nomination papers for candidates. 

Town Meetings & Elections 1997: 

Annual Town Election - April 19 

Annual Town Meeting - April 26 

Special Town Meeting - November 17 




Wilmington Memorial Library grounds on Church Street. 



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Board of Registrars 



In accordance with Section 1, Chapter 3 of the Town By-laws, meetings of the 
Board of Registrars were held on the second Monday of each month for the 
registration of voters and to conduct business. Under Chapter 616 of the Acts 
of 1958, these meetings were open to the public and press, and were so posted 
in the Town Hall. 

The Board held registration sessions as mandated by Massachusetts General 
Laws, Chapter 51, Sections 26, 28, 31 and 32, and supervised the conduct of 
elections, mandated by Chapter 54, Section 64, Chapter 53, Sections 43 & 63, 
all in accordance with the Town Charter and Inhabitant By-laws Revised of the 
Town of Wilmington. 

The Board also met many times for certification of signatures on nomination 
papers and assisted at all elections and town meetings. 

The Town Clerk attended most of the Town Clerk conferences in order to keep up 
to date with the changing election and census laws . 

The calendar year of 1997 had a total of 13,284 registered voters from our 
listed 20,886 inhabitants. 

The Board of Registrars wants to thank all citizens of the town who returned 
their census forms in 1997. A true census is an asset to the town. 



Constable 

During the year the following notices and warrants were posted by the 
Constable in each of the six (6) precincts. 

Annual Town Meeting and Town Election March 13, 1997 

Special Town Meeting November 3, 1997 



Fire Department 

It is with great pleasure that I submit the following annual report of the 
operations, activities and accomplishments of the Wilmington Fire Department 
for the year 1997. 

The manual force consists of the Chief, Deputy Chief, five Lieutenants, twenty- 
eight fire fighters and two civilian dispatchers. 



The following roster is provided: 



Fire Chief 

Daniel R. Stewart 
Deputy Fire Chief 
Walter J. Sowyrda 

Lieutenants 

Edward G. Bradbury, Jr. John Brown, Jr. 

Edmund J. Corcoran, III Joseph T. McMahon 

Paul Welch 



Fire Fighters 



Robert J . Andersen 
Brian D. Anderson 
George Anderson 
David J. Currier 
Walter R. Daley 
Gary J. Donovan 
George J. Driscoll 
David R. Feyler 
Linda S. Giles 
Kenneth P. Gray 



Richard J. Hughes 
Daniel M. Hurley, Jr. 
Andrew W. Leverone 
Richard T. McClellan 
John F. McDonough 
Terry L. McKenna 
Alfred W. Meuse 
Christopher J. Nee 
Robert E. Patrie, Jr. 
Christopher G. Pozzi 



Stephen D. Robbins 
Gary P. Robichaud 
Daniel J. Stygles 
Charles R. Taylor, Jr. 
Robert W. Varey, Jr. 
Robert E. Vassallo, Jr. 
David P . Woods 
Robert J. Woods, Jr. 



Dispatchers 



Linda K. Abbott 



Thomas W. Ceres 




Fire Fighters David Woods and John McDonough train with Danvers Fire Captain Prendergast on the technique of 
cold water/ice rescue. 



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The department responded to a total of 2,385 calls during 1997. 



Residential Buildings 
Residential (Other) 
Commercial Structure 
Commercial (Other) 
Haz Mat 

Chimney, Fireplaces & 

Woodburning Stoves 
Vehicles 

Brush, Grass or Rubbish 
Dumps ter 



11 
6 
6 
1 
1 

2 
51 
65 

4 



False Alarms 

Ambulance /Res cue 

Service Calls 

Carbon Monoxide Detector 

Hazardous Materials 



Out of Town Assistance 
Fire 

Ambulance /Res cue 



201 
381 
362 
33 
3 



129 
51 
78 



Estimated value of property endangered was $2,900,600 
Estimated property loss $235,700 

The following is a list of permits issued: 



Black Powder 
Blasting 

Class C Explosive 
Fire Alarm 
Flammable Liquid 
Oil Burner 
Subpoena 



5 

26 
2 

140 
10 
138 
1 



Propane 
Report 

Smoke Detector 
Tank 

Miscellaneous 

Sprinkler 

Truck 



58 
39 
234 
72 

2 
64 

1 



TOTAL 



822 



As required by law, inspections of all schools, public buildings, nursing homes 
and flammable storage facilities were completed by the Fire Prevention Bureau 
under the direction of Lt . Joseph McMahon. Other inspections listed below: 



New Residential Plans Review 

New Residential Fire Inspections 

New Industrial Plans Review 

Fire Inspection Industrial/Commercial 

Underground Tank Removals 

Underground Tank Installations 

Oil Burner 

Propane 



122 
115 

55 
332 

28 
1 

142 
58 



Shift personnel inspected 195 residential properties for smoke detectors in 
compliance with M. G. L. Ch. 148, Sec. 26F. 

School classroom Grades K-5 were visited by fire fighters and discussed various 
safety issues. Fire Fighter Robert Patrie instructed fire prevention at the 
Abundant Life School. Student Awareness of Fire Safety began this year as part 
of a state grant to make students aware of the health and safety hazards 
associated with smoking. 



A new pumper was delivered this past year. The addition of Engine 2 completed 
the upgrade of our front line attack pumpers. A special thank you to Fire 
Fighter Robert Woods, Jr., for overseeing the design and construction of this 
custom piece of equipment. 



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Fire Alarm Superintendent Paul Welch reports the following for 1997. All 
circuits and master boxes were tested and repairs made as needed. New figure 8 
cable was used to replace circuits 3 and 6 that ran between the fire station 
and the Route 129/Route 38 split on Main Street. Estimates on the cost of 
removing and replacing the fire alarm circuits on Main Street and the Route 62 
bridge were completed. Both projects are slated to begin in 1998. 

There are now 180 master boxes along with 17 street boxes for a total of 197 on 
line . 



The following master boxes were added to the system in 1997: 



1224 


Wilmington Builders, 340 Main Street 


1235 


Car Mart, 275 Main Street (Front) 


1236 


Car Mart, 275 Main Street (Rear) 


3168 


Ray LePore Inc, 919 Main Street 


5314 


General Scanning, 60 Fordham Road 


5513 


Reading Co-Operative Bank, 352 Middlesex Ave 


6577 


Marshall Industries, 33 Upton Drive 


6411 


Advanced NMR, 46 Jonspin Road 


6365 


RPS Inc, 375 Ballardvale Street 


6617 


SSG Inc, 65 Jonspin Road 



Department goals include design and construction of the recently approved 
public safety building and the continuation of planning for a sub- station in 
North Wilmington. As the town continues to grow, the Fire Department needs to 
expand proportionately in order to provide the best level of service to the 
residents of Wilmington. 

In conclusion, I would like to thank the Town Manager and his staff, Assistant 
Town Manager, Department Heads and staff, the Board of Selectmen and the many 
organizations for their assistance during the past year. 

A very special thank you to the members of the Wilmington Fire Department for 
your support, participation and enthusiasm in providing a well rounded and 
highly professional level of public safety service to the Town of Wilmington. 




Hre Fighters Chris Nee, Brian Anderson and Rick McClcllan cook hot dogs for the students of the Boutwell School to 
celebrate "Opening Day at Fenway." 



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Police Department 



In accordance with the By-laws of the Town of Wilmington, I hereby 
respectfully submit the annual report on the activities of the Wilmington 
Police Department for the year of 1997. 

The enclosed statistical report represents the total for all crimes, 
complaints and incidents reported during the year 1997; and, for the most part 
the corresponding enforcement efforts of the Wilmington Police Department. 
During 1997 the total number of complaints and incidents reported to the 
Police Department increased significantly from 14,618 incidents in 1996 to 
19,078 during 1997. While this would appear to be a 30% increase in the 
number of complaints and requests for services received, these are for the 
most part not actual increases, but are, in fact, the result of improved 
records keeping. During 1996 the Police Department increased its incident 
tracking capabilities with an upgraded Computer Aided Dispatch System. The E- 
911 recording equipment and database installed in December 1995 has also 
augmented the department's record keeping ability. The employment of three 
(3) civilian dispatchers in July 1996, made possible by a Federal Community 
Oriented Policing Grant, has provided for significantly improved data entry. 
Nineteen ninety- seven was the first complete year the dispatchers have been 
working. The department expects complaints and calls for service to level off 
during 1998. It is difficult to determine the exact changes in the number of 
incidents reported; however, there are some indicators which show an increase 
of approximately sixteen (16) percent. One such indicator is the number of 
complaints to which cruisers were dispatched. Cruisers were dispatched to 
11,443 complaints during 1997, an increase of 1,556 over the dispatches for 

1996. Several of the serious crime categories decreased during 1996. 
Breaking and entering into homes and buildings decreased by 24% from 107 
incidents in 1996 to 81 during 1997. The number of armed robberies increased 
from 2 during 1996 to 4 during 1997. Totals for assaults and batteries 
decreased by 36% from 81 in 1996 to 52 in 1997. Motor vehicles stolen in 
Wilmington decreased by 32% from 60 in 1996 to 41 in 1997. 

Motor vehicle accidents and traffic congestion continues to be a serious 
community problem. However, during 1997 the Police Department experienced a 
13% decrease in the motor vehicle accident rate. In 1997 motor vehicle 
accidents decreased by 114 accidents from 865 accidents in 1996 to 751 during 

1997. This decrease was to a large extent due to the increased enforcement 
efforts during 1997. The Police Department has for several years placed a 
high priority on the enforcement of motor vehicle violations. During 1997 the 
department cited 3,495 motor vehicle violations. This is an increase of 1,290 
over the total violations cited during 1996 . The following are the totals for 
some of the major areas of concern: Speeding violations 1,200, operators' 
license violations 198, unregistered and uninsured 137, and miscellaneous 
violations 1,423. Arrest for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of 
alcohol decreased by 15 from 71 in 1996 to 56 in 1997. 

Arrest for crimes other than motor vehicle offenses during 1997 totaled 380, 
an 8.4% decrease. The Police Department continues to place a high priority on 
alcohol and drug related offenses. During 1997, arrest for liquor law 



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violations decreased by 70 from 127 in 1996 to 57 in 1997; and there were a 
total of 18 narcotics arrests made during 1997. In addition to motor vehicle 
and other criminal arrests, the department placed a total of 159 persons under 
protective custody. A total of 659 persons were taken into custody by the 
Police Department during 1997. 

In 1997 the department completed its third full year of the implementation of 
the Community Policing philosophy. While this is a long-term process and 
requires significant changes in attitudes and expectations by both the police 
officers and the community, we have made substantial progress. During 1997 
the neighborhood officers responded and followed-up on several hundred problem 
solving assignments in their neighborhoods. In many of these cases, they were 
effective in eliminating the problems, and in doing so they have significantly 
reduced the number of repeat calls for those problems. In 1998 the department 
will increase the deployment of the officers into the neighborhoods, not only 
on problem solving assignments, but also at block parties or other 
neighborhood social events, in an effort to ensure that every resident has an 
opportunity to meet with their neighborhood officer. During 1997 all officers 
received additional training in problem solving techniques and in the use of 
bicycle patrols for special events and for directed enforcement efforts for 
chronic problems. In 1997 the department deployed bicycle patrols during the 
Fourth of July activities and throughout the summer in the Silver Lake area on 
weekends and holidays. The department believes that these patrols were very 
effective in reducing habitual problems in this area and has received numerous 
positive comments from residents. The department's third Citizen Police 
Academy was conducted during 1997 and was viewed a success by both the 
participants and the officer instructors. 

In 1998 the department will continue and expand our proactive involvement in 
each of the neighborhoods. The department will be conducting two (2) Citizen 
Police Academies where residents will be provided insight into how the Police 
Department operates; department policy and procedures in areas of interest 
such as use of force, motor vehicle pursuits, citizen complaints, etc., the 
elements of crimes which must exist before an arrest or prosecution is made. 
Residents will also be provided information regarding the Police Department's 
goals and objectives. As part of our planning for the future, the Police 
Department, working closely with the Citizens Advisory Committee, will review 
the role of the professional police officer in today's society; the types of 
incidents which require a priority response and those which should be referred 
to the neighborhood officer and how the available resources of the department 
can be more effectively used to address the future problems of the community. 



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The following is a Departmental Roster of the Neighborhood Officers and their 
assignments . 



Wilmington Police Department 
Community Policing 
Neighborhood Assignments 

Supervisor Area 1 Sergeant Jaunes Rooney 

lA. Officer Julie Lambert IB. Officer David Bradbury 

IC. Officer Paul Chalifour ID. Officer Charles Fiore 

Supervisor Area 2 Sergeant J. Christopher Neville 

2A. Officer Paul Krzeminski 2B. Officer David Axelrod 

2C. Officer Harold Hubby 2D. Officer Francis Hancock 

2E. Officer Patrick Nally 

Supervisor Area 3 Sergeant David McCue, Sr. 

3A. Officer Joseph Desmond 3B. Officer Stephen Mauriello 

3C. Officer David McCue, Jr. 3D. Officer Thomas McConologue 

Supervisor Area 4 Sergeant Robert Richter 

4A. Officer Paul Jepson 4B. Officer Brian Moon 

4C. Officer Louis Martignetti 4D. Officer John Bossi 

Supervisor Area 5 Sergeant W. Mark Jepson 

5A. Officer Ronald Alpers 5B. Officer Steven LaRivee 

5C. Officer Anthony Fiore 5D . Officer Jon Shepard 

Business and Commercial Areas 
Lieutenant Robert Spencer 



Area 1 
Area 3 
Area 5 



Det . Thomas Miller Area 2: Det . David Sugrue 

Det. Patrick King Area 4: Det. James White 

Det . Michael Begonis 



Other members of the department include Deputy Chief Bernard Nally, Lieutenant 
Robert LaRivee, Sergeant William Gable, Patrolmen Chester Bruce, Joseph 
Harris, James Peterson and Robert Shelley, Police Clerk/Matrons Beth Lessard 
and Dawn Ganno and Dispatchers April Kingston, George O'Connell and Robyn 
L ' Esperance . 

The department makes note of personnel changes during 1997. Patrolman Joseph 
C. Waterhouse, a 25 year veteran of the Police Department passed away in 
October 1997. The passing of Officer Waterhouse has left a void not only in 
the department, but even more so in the hearts of his brother officers and all 
who knew him. Joe will be long remembered as a good police officer and as a 
friend. During 1997 three additional patrolmen were hired as a result of the 



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community being awarded a Federal Community Oriented Policing Grant. 
Patrolmen John Tully, Patrick Nally and Julie Lambert were appointed as ful 
time officers under this program. In December 1997 Patrolman Brian Pupa wa 
appointed as full-time officer. 

In closing this report I want to thank the Town Manager, the Board of 
Selectmen, all Boards and Committees and all Department Heads and employees 
for their support and cooperation during 1997. 

A special note of thanks to the staff and members of the Wilmington Police 
Department, for without their support and continuing efforts none of our 
accomplishments could have been realized. 




Wilmington Police Department leads the Memorial Day Parade. 



Wilmington Police Department Statistics 1997 



ARRESTS : 




SEX CRIMES : 




Arson 





Rape 


3 


Assault & Battery 


28 


Indecent Exposure 


16 


Breaking & Entering 


1 


Indecent A&B 


5 


Disorderly 


2 


Other 


_0- 


Gambling 





TOTAL SEX CRIMES : 


24 


Larceny 


4 






Larceny Motor Vehicle 


3 


MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS : 




Liquor Laws 


57 


Seat Belt 


461 


Malicious Damage 


1 


Using Without Authority 





Murder 





License Violations 


198 


Narcotics 


18 


Endangering 


10 


Non Support 





Leaving Scene Property Damage 


10 


Rape 


1 


Operating Under Influence 


56 


Receiving Stolen Property 





Unregistered/Uninsured 


137 


Robbery 





Speed 


1, 200 


Sex Offenses 





Other 


1 , 423 


Juvenile 


4 


TOTAL VIOLATIONS : 


3 ,495 


Other 


262 










CITATIONS ISSUED: 




TOTAL: 


380 


Warnings 


1, 601 






Complaints 


104 


PROTECTIVE CUSTODY: 




Non-Criminal 


749 






Arrests 


120 


Ages : 




TOTAL CITATIONS: 


2 , 574 


11/12 









13/14 


3 


CRIMES REPORTED: 




15 


3 


Threats of Arson & Bombing 


64 


16 


8 


Assault & Battery: 




17 


_9 


Firearm 


1 


TOTAL UNDER 18 : 


23 


Knife 









Other Weapon 


9 


18 


11 


Aggravated-hand- foot 


18 


19 


13 


No Weapon 





20 


6 


Simple Assault 


24 


21 


10 


TOTAL ASSAULTS 


52 


22 


3 






23 


4 


BREAKING & ENTERING: 




24 


3 


By Force 


46 


25/29 


26 


No Force 


8 


30/34 


17 


Attempted 


27 


35/39 


14 


TOTAL B&E: 


81 


40/44 


12 






45/49 


6 


ROBBERY: 




50/54 


6 


Firearm 


1 


55/59 


4 


Other Weapon 


1 


6 Sc Over 


1 


Strong Arm 


_2 


TOTAL OVER 1 8 : 


136 


TOTAL ROBBERIES : 


4 



TOTAL PROTECTIVE CUSTODY: 15 9 



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LARCENIES : 

Pocket Picking 

Purse Snatching 

Shoplifting 

From Motor Vehicle 

M/V Parts & Accessories 

Bikes 

From Buildings 
From Coin Machines 
Other 

TOTAL LARCENIES: 

MOTOR VEHICLES STOLEN; 
Autos 

Trucks £c Buses 
Other Vehicles 
TOTAL M/V THEFT: 

RECOVERED MOTOR VEHICLES: 
Stolen Wilmington and 

Recovered Wilmington 
Stolen Wilmington and 

Recovered Out of Tovm 
Stolen Out of Town and 

Recovered Wilmington 
TOTAL RECOVERED: 



8 

5 

101 
14 
37 
71 

2 
88 
326 



35 
1 
_5 
41 



2 

25 

28 
55 



INCIDENTS REPORTED: 

Alarms Responded to 

Disturbances 

Domestic Problems 

Assist Other Agencies 

Fires Responded to 

Juvenile Complaints 

Missing Persons Returned 

Missing Persons/Still Missing 

Prowlers Reported 

Miscellaneous Complaints 

M/V Accidents 

Cruisers Dispatched 

Suicides & Attempts 

Sudden Deaths 



OTHER DEPARTMENT FUNCTIONS: 
Restraining Orders Served 
Parking Tickets Issued 
Firearms I.D. Issued 
License To Carry Issued 
Dealer Permits Issued 
Reports to Insurance Company 
and Attorneys 



25 
13 , 56 

75 
11, 44 



104 
245 
73 
232 

4 

479 






Officers David Sugrue and James While, Community Policing Bike Patrol, during the Memorial Day Parade. 



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Animal Control Officer 



Dogs Licensed 1,145 

Complaints 881 

Trips 881 

Trip Hours 54 

Animals Picked Up 69 

Animals Returned to Ovmer 43 

Animals Adopted 16 

Animals Picked Up Dead 47 

Animals Euthanized 13 
(this number reflects sick or 
injured wildlife also) 

Animals Quarantined 17 

Dog Days for Dogs in Pound 32 7 

Barn Inspections 44 

Fines Issued $ 820 

Total Working Hours 1,696 




Each spring the Board of Health, with assistance from the Animal Control Officer, conducts a Rabies Clinic for dogs 
and cats. 



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Inspector of Buildings 

The office of the Inspector of Buildings is responsible for enforcing the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts building, plumbing, gas and wiring codes, the Town of Wilmington 
Zoning By-law and for maintaining all related records. In addition, all 
administrative tasks for the Board of Appeals are handled by this office. 

The Inspector of Buildings is Daniel Paret; the Plumbing and Gas Inspector is William 
Harrison; the Wiring Inspector is Arthur Kelley. Joan Goulet, Toni LaRivee and Wendy 
Martiniello make up the clerical staff, which is shared with the Board of Health. 

It is our goal to help people understand the regulations enforced by the Inspector of 
Buildings, how best to comply with those regulations and to provide assistance to 
residents and others who have questions about homes and property in the town. If you 
have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see us. 









1995 






1996 






1997 




No. 




Valuation 


No. 




Valuation 


No. 




Valuation 


Dwellings (Single Family) 


122 


$ 


12 , 201, 100 


146 


$ 


11, 092, 714 


116 




10, 141, 850 


Residential Garages 


13 




190, 500 


6 




82, 000 


3 




57, 800 






















Residential 


235 




2 , 426 , 679 


226 




3 , 205 , 246 


258 




3 , 429, 536 




370 


$ 


14, 818, 279 


378 


$ 


14, 379, 960 


377 




$13 ,629, 186 


Industrial Buildings 


3 




7, 500, 000 


3 




1, 510, 000 


5 




6, 700, 000 


Utility Buildings 






1, 393 , 000 


4 




90, 200 


2 




194, 000 


Additions & Alterations- 





















(Non- residential) 


77 




8, 423, 342 


72 




7,635, 356 


67 




13, 866, 604 


Swimming Pools 


42 




196 ,653 


39 




162 , 899 


33 




111, 597 


Signs 


16 




35, 950 


25 




64, 050 


16 




39, 645 


Public Buildings 


























Multi Family Dwellings 


























Sheds and Barns 


25 




67, 191 


18 




34, 776 


23 




38,259 


Wood Burning Stoves 


7 




14,698 


11 




11, 621 


20 




24, 931 




183 


$ 


17, 630, 834 


172 


$ 


9, 508, 902 


166 


$ 


20, 975, 036 






$ 


32, 449, 113 




$ 


23, 888, 862 




$ 


34, 581, 882 


Renewals 


1 




10, 000 


















Demolitions 


23 




143,250 


17 




303 , 650 


21 




396 , 900 


Fire Damage 


2 




156 , 000 


















Foundations 










65 




199, 100 


25 




91, 000 


Temporary Trailers 


2 







g 







g 







28 


$ 


309, 250 


82 


$ 


502 , 750 


46 




$ 487,900 


TOTAL 


581 


$ 


32, 758, 363 


632 


$ 


24, 391, 612 


589 


$ 


35, 092 , 122 



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REPORT OF FEES RECEIVED AND 
SUBMITTED TO TREASURER 



Building Permits 


581 


156, 


706 


00 


632 


134, 


424 


75 


589 


186, 


214 


75 


Wiring Permits 


562 


36 


773 


66 


656 


38, 


908 


25 


638 


32, 


846 


00 


Gas Permits 


217 


7 


274 


00 


276 


9 


042 


00 


231 


7, 


442 


00 


Plumbing Permits 


304 


12 


491 


00 


338 


12 


240 


00 


333 


12, 


020 


00 


Cert, of Inspection 


17 




713 


00 


37 


1 


741 


00 


6 




263 


00 


Copies 






44 


80 






249 


20 






702 


35 


Court 






9 


00 




















Industrial Elec. Permits 


29 


4 


350 


00 


35 


5 


250 


00 


41 


6, 


150 


00 


1, 710 


$218, 361 


46 


1, 710 


$201, 855 


20 


1, 838 


$245, 


638 


10 




Wilminglon continues to enjoy commercial and residential growth. 




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Planning and Conservation Department 



The department continues to provide a high level of service to the community 
in the areas of planning, conservation, housing, transportation and other 
community development activities. The department provides staff support to 
the Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Housing Partnership. The 
Planning Board is responsible for administration of the Subdivision Control 
Act and Site Plan Review, recommendations on zoning amendments and specific 
planning studies. The Conservation Commission is responsible for wetlands 
protection in accordance with the State Wetlands Protection Act. The goal of 
the Housing Partnership is to provide affordable housing for Wilmington 
residents through local initiatives and partnerships with private developers. 
The activities of each board are described in more detail below. 



Departmental goals are: 



Goal 1: To provide technical assistance to the Planning Board through 

review of development plans, including coordination with 
developers and the Community Development Technical Review staff. 

Goal 2: To provide technical assistance to the Conservation Commission in 

administration and enforcement of the State Wetlands Protection 
Act. 



Goal 3: To provide assistance and information to residents. 

Goal 4: To undertake strategic and comprehensive planning efforts. 

Goal 5: To revise the zoning by-laws and zoning map to enhance the 

character of the town, while encouraging appropriate economic and 
residential development. 

Goal 6 : To revise the subdivision rules and regulations to improve the 

development review process and the quality of development. 

Goal 7: To coordinate the implementation of the stream maintenance program 

with the Department of Public Works. 

Goal 8: To encourage the donation of land for conservation purposes. 

Goal 9: To develop local wetland protection bylaws. 

Goal 10: To promote environmental awareness and education. 

Goal 11: To provide technical assistance to the Housing Partnership, 

including initiation and implementation of affordable housing 
efforts, monitoring of on-going developments and review of 
projects sponsored by developers. 

Goal 12: To develop and implement community development programs, including 
grant application preparation and oversight of grant programs. 



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Goal 13 : To represent the Tovm of Wilmington on planning issues at various 
state and regional forums . 

The Director of Planning & Conservation is Lynn Goonin Duncan. She staffs the 
Planning Board and Housing Partnership, and chairs the Community Development 
Technical Review Team. The Director also serves as the Fair Housing 
Coordinator, and the representative to the Transportation Improvement Program 
(TIP) , the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the North Suburban 
Planning Council (NSPC) , acting as the liaison between the town and the state 
on transportation and planning issues. 

John Keeley serves as Conservation Agent and provides technical assistance to 
the Conservation Commission and the department. Secretarial support is 
provided by Senior Clerks Linda Reed and Joann Roberto . 

Community Development Program 

In 1997 the Town of Wilmington continued its Community Development Block Grant 
Program funded through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community 
Development. Program components include a revolving loan program for 
Wilmington businesses and an employment assistance program for Wilmington 
residents. The program is under the jurisdiction of the Planning & 
Conservation Department. 

The program offers below-market interest rate loans to manufacturing, retail, 
wholesale and service businesses for machinery and equipment, working capital, 
building improvements, purchase of inventory, fix up and similar projects. To 
qualify for a small business loan, the business must be located in the Town of 
Wilmington and either provide new jobs or retain current jobs for members of 
low and moderate income households. A microenterprise business, containing 
five or fewer employees, is eligible to receive a loan if the owner is a 
member of a low to moderate income household. In this case, no job creation 
is required. 

BankBoston, Fleet, Lowell Five Cent Savings, MassBank and the Reading 
Cooperative Bank are active lending partners in the town's program. The 
town's loan dollars are able to serve more businesses with bank participation. 
The loan pool totaled in excess of $1,500,000. 

As of the end of 1997, eight loans have been issued to Wilmington businesses, 
including Custom Stitch, Hinda- Jonathan Productions, Interlink Business 
Solutions, Inc., Ken's Cleaning Service, Keep It Clean, MVM Associates, R.P.M. 
Diesel & Marine and The Sewing Bird. To date seven jobs have been created, 
both full and part-time. 

The employment assistance program offers a variety of services, including 
training grants and career assessments for unemployed and underemployed 
Wilmington residents who are members of low and moderate income households; 
individual career counseling for any resident of the town covering such topics 
as resumes, cover letters, interviews and training; and seminars and workshops 
which are also open to the Wilmington public. The program has assisted 126 
residents, including financial assistance for 12 training grants and 3 career 
assessments . 



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The program is an exciting and innovative approach to help meet the needs of 
the town's residents and small businesses. The town's second grant for this 
program was awarded in January, 1998 after a competitive review process. 
Wilmington received an additional $382,000 to recapitalize the loan program 
and continue the employment assistance program. Program staff who are 
available to assist with information or questions are: Lynn Duncan, Director 
of Planning & Conservation and Cathy Beyer, Employment Counselor. The program 
is now located in Town Hall . 

Special Projects 

Lowell Street Plan: 

MIT students prepared a preliminary plan for Lowell Street during the fall of 
1997 . 

The goals of the study are to help define the character of the corridor, 
enhance the image and identity of the entire town, protect residential uses, 
and encourage business and retail land uses along Lowell Street. 

Recommendations included a three point strategy: 

• Make zoning changes to allow "Commercial Villages" and "Residential 
Villages." Commercial Villages would direct new commercial growth to 
designated growth areas at the intersections of Lowell Street with Route 
38, Woburn Street and West Street only. For example, Burger King would be 
the terminus of commercial development at the West Street intersection, 
preventing additional commercial encroachment into residential areas. 
Residential Villages would allow traditional -type residential development 
of one to four family homes on current business zoned parcels to serve as 
buffers between commercial and existing residential development and to 
preserve existing homes and the residential character of the corridor. 

• Utilize traffic calming techniques in the roadway reconstruction project 
to preserve the residential rural character, while maintaining the current 
level of vehicular service. 

• Enact design guidelines to guide the "image" and quality of new 
development along the corridor which can be done with little or no 
increase in cost for developers . 

The Planning Board will review the final Plan with an eye toward 
implementation. Copies will be available from the Planning & Conservation 
Department . 

The catalyst for the study was the significant interest in rezoning of parcels 
along the Lowell Street corridor which had been proposed (and in one case, 
approved) on a piecemeal basis, one parcel at a time, over the last several 
years. At the Annual Town Meeting in 1995 voters voiced their opposition to 
any further rezonings along Lowell Street until an overall plan was completed 
for the corridor which would address such issues as traffic, character and 
quality of life. 



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Growth Planning: 

In conjunction with funds appropriated at the 1997 Annual Town Meeting to 
undertake elements of a comprehensive plan, the town is pursuing an initiative 
with the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Reading, North Reading and 
Burlington to address growth issues and the Ipswich River Watershed on a 
regional basis. 

Planning Board 

The level of permitting activity for definitive subdivisions decreased 
somewhat in 1997 as six definitive subdivision plans were submitted, 
representing a total of 24 lots, in comparison with seven definitive 
subdivision plans totaling 45 lots in 1996. However, the level of commercial 
and industrial activity was the greatest in the last seven years, as indicated 
by the number of site plan review applications for commercial and industrial 
pro j ects . 

Subdivisions under construction during the course of the year included Andover 
Heights, Avon Street Extension, Acorn Drive, Ashley Estates, Country Oaks, 
Blueberry Hill Estates, Evergreen Estates, Olmstead Avenue and Laurel Woods. 

Streets accepted at the 1997 Annual Town Meeting were Castle Drive, Colonial 
Drive, Dogwood Lane, Meadow Lane, Nottingham Drive, Reading Avenue, Stonehedge 
Drive and Wedgewood Avenue . 

The Planning Board members are appointed by the Town Manager for five year 
terms. Planning Board members serving full terms in 1997 were Carole 
Hamilton, Austin Rounds, James Diorio and Michael Roache . Karen Metcalfe 
resigned in September after several years of valuable service, and Scott 
Garrant was appointed to fill her seat. 

Subdivision Control 

Under the authority vested in the Planning Board of the Town of Wilmington by 
M.G.L. Chapter 41, Section 81-Q, the Board reviewed and took action on the 
following subdivision plans: 




Cherokee Estates — One of the town 's many new subdivisions. 



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Subdivision 



Number 
of Lots 



Action 



Mather, Walnut, Poplar, 

Polk Streets 
Cherokee Estates II 
Marion Estates IV 
Laurel Woods 

Tanner Road & Greenville 

Street 
Morton Street 
Upton Technology Park 

(Modification) 
Denault South 
Emerald Woods 



11 
17 
13 

3 
1 


3 
7 



Approved with conditions 

Approved with conditions 
Approved with conditions 
Approved with conditions 

Denied with reasons 
Approved with conditions 

Approved with conditions 

Pending 

Pending 



Of the fifty-one (51) "Approval Not Required" (ANR) plans that were submitted, 
the Planning Board determined that forty-three (43) plans did not require 
approval under the Subdivision Control Law and were endorsed; five (5) plans 
were denied; three (3) were withdrawn; and one (1) took no action. 

Site Plan Review 

The Board reviewed and approved thirty-two (32) applications for site plan 
approval for commercial and industrial property. 

Zoning 

In accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 40A, the Planning Board held required 
statutory public hearings on proposed amendments to the Zoning By-law and Map 
and submitted formal reports and recommendations to Town Meeting voters. 
Those recommendations are made part of the report of the Town Meetings 
included in this annual report. 

Conservation Commission 

The Commission had another busy year, reviewing 115 new wetland permit 
applications in 1997. Public hearings/meetings to review these applications 
totaled 227. 



The primary responsibility of the Conservation Commission is the 
administration and enforcement of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act 
(M. G. L. Chapter 131, Section 40) , which requires that all activity within 
the 100 foot buffer zone of wetlands be regulated by the local Conservation 
Commission. The Commonwealth in 1996 added the riverfront zone as a protected 
area, in addition to such areas as bordering vegetated wetland, land subject 
to flooding, water bodies (lakes, ponds, rivers & streams) and land under 



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water bodies. The riverfront 
zone extends 200 feet 
laterally from the bank of all 
perennial streams and rivers . 
In Wilmington, the riverfront 
zone protects the Ipswich 
River, Lubbers Brook, Maple 
Meadow Brook and possibly 
other streams . The 
interpretation and enforcement 
of the regulations for this 
new resource area required 
many Conservation Commission 
hours and site visits. 



Conservation Commission is working with the Commonwealth to preserve 
Maple Meadows. 



The stream cleaning program, which began in 1996, continued in the summer of 
1997. The stream crew again removed tons of debris which clogged the town's 
waterways, polluting groundwater and causing flooding of residential 
properties. Particular attention was given to Lubbers Brook this year. The 
program is jointly administered by Conservation and the Department of Public 
Works . 




The Town continues its efforts to clean the streams through 
its summer Stream Maintenance Program. 



The Conservation Commission also co- 
sponsored a watershed cleanup organized 
by a new volunteer group called the 
Ipswich River Headwaters Stream Team. 

A graduate student from Tufts 
University was hired as a summer intern 
to undertake the necessary inventory 
and prepare the framework for an Open 
Space Sc. Recreation Plan. This effort 
was completed under the direction of 
John Keeley, Conservation Agent. It is 
anticipated that an Open Space & 
Recreation Committee will be 
established in 1998 to update the 
Town's 1987 Open Space & Recreation 
Plan. 



Conservation Commissioners are appointed to three year terms by the Town 
Manager. Citizens serving on the Commission in 1997 were: James Morris 
(Chairman) , Judith Waterhouse, Richard Patterson, Lisa Brothers, Barbara 
Sullivan, Jolene Lewis, Mark Brazell and Mickey Rooney. Barbara Sullivan 
stepped down in April after several years of service. 

Any questions about wetlands, laws and regulations, or filing procedures are 
welcomed by John Keeley, Conservation Agent. 



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statistical Data 



Filing Fees Collected $6,630.00 

Notices of Intent Filed 32 

Requests for Determinations of Applicability 83 
Public Hearings/Meetings Held 

(including continuances) 227 

Extension Permits Requested/Issued/Denied 8/7/1 

Enforcement Orders Issued 1 

Violation Notices Issued 6 

Certificates of Compliance Requested/Issued 39/27 

Decisions Appealed/Withdrawn 3/0 

Order of Conditions Issued/Denied/Pending 2 9/3/2 

Emergency Certifications Issued 10 

Request for Insignificant Change /Approved 15/13 

Negative Determinations/Positive/Withdrawn 64/12/2 

Request for Amendments/Issued/Denied 11/8/0 



Notices of Intent 



PEP 



File # 


APPLICANT 


344- 


521 




344- 


565 


x^cm WWII 


344- 


566 


op J: Hit. opeC U J: UTU 


344- 


567 








Wilmington 


344- 


568 


Carl Crupi 


344- 


569 


Jeanette Tighe 


344- 


570 


Eugene T . 






Sullivan 


344- 


571 


C.J. Patti 


344- 


572 


Northeastern 






De ve 1 opmemn t 


344- 


573 


PGA Realty Trust 


344- 


574 


PGA Realty Trust 


344- 


575 


R.L. Allen 


344- 


576 


Ballardvale 






Housing Limited 






Partnership 


344- 


577 


Paul Butt 


344- 


578 


Wakefield Ready 






Mix 


344- 


579 


Craig Newhouse 


344- 


580 


Town of 






Wilmington 


344- 


581 


Joe Barry Oil 


344- 


582 


Northeastern 






Development 


344- 


583 


Tovm of 






Wilmington 



LOCATION 

West Street 
165 Chestnut Street 
375 Ballardvale Street 
Cook Avenue 

72 Butters Row 
Chestnut Street 

West Street 

275 Main Street 

Cherokee Estates II 

Upton Drive 
26 & 30 Upton Drive 
Tanner Road & Greenville 
Ballardvale Street 



4 Serenoa Lane 
600 Research Drive 

8 Lexington Street 
Shawsheen Ave. Wellfield 
to Treatment Plant 
312 Main Street 
Cherokee Estates Lots 
5A, 6A, 7A & 8A 
Adams Street 



MAP /PARCEL 


DECISION 


71/16 & 18 


Approved 


15/13 Sc 14 


Denied 


R3/50B 


Approved 


24/201 


Approved 


27/17 


Approved 


29/Pt 15 Sc 


Denied 


IIZ 




71/7 & 8 


Approved 


43/4 


Approved 


85/16 


Approved 


Rl/18 


Approved 


R1/18G & 18H 


Approved 


84/66 Sc 72 


Denied 


98/4 


Approved 


86/2A 


Approved 


R3/404 


Approved 


69/82 & 84 


Approved 


Town Map 


Approved 


42/25 


Approved 


85/7C 


Approved 


Map 5 


Approved 



-42- 



344 


-584 


James Andella 


344 


-585 


H.B. Fuller Co. 






Inc . 


o *± *± 






344 


-587 


Jeanette Tighe 


344 


-588 


Mark Bergeron 


344 


-589 


Mark Bergeron 


344 


-590 


Town of 






Wilmington 


344 


-591 


Teradyne Inc . 


344 


-592 


Robert Troy- 


344 


-593 


Robert Allen 


344 


-594 


Craig Newhouse 


344 


-595 


James Andella 


344 


-596 


PGA Realty Trust 


344 


-597 


Carl Crupi 



17 Seaford Street 
820 Woburn Street 

Cherokee Lane Lot 9A 
10 Chestnut Street 
16 Aldrich Road 

18 Aldrich Road 
401 Andover Street 

RiverPark Drive, N. 
Reading 

Lot 3 Summer Street 

8 Veranda Avenue 

Denault Drive 

6 Kidder Place 

Upton Drive/Jonspin Road 

2 Elizabeth Drive 



62/8 


Approved 


4 7/7 


T^T^ V"/^T r^<^ 

rippL O VeQ 


D c; / TO 
0/ 1 U 


Approved 


29/15D 


Approved 


33/4 


Approved 


33/4A 


Approved 


R3/8 


Approved 


85/lA & IB 


Approved 


84/pt of 89 


Approved 


45/43 


Approved 


47/19A 


Approved 


51/13 


Approved 


Rl/18 


Pending 


27/17M 


Pending 



Housing Partnership 

During 1997 the Housing Partnership held two lotteries for affordable housing 
developments, witnessed the completion of the third affordable home on town- 
owned land and initiated a new program for first-time homebuyers . 

A lottery was held for the final 18 affordable units at Shawsheen Commons in 
March 1997. Monitoring ensured that all 66 required affordable units were 
provided by the developer. A lottery was also held for the third affordable 
home on town-owned land, which was constructed by L. A. Associates and 
occupied by a Wilmington resident before the close of the year, completing a 
town- initiated affordable housing effort that began in 1992. 

For the first time, the town received funding through the HOME program, a 
federally funded affordable housing program, as part of the North Shore HOME 
Consortium. Based on a recommendation of the Housing Partnership and approval 
by the Board of Selectmen, the funds will be used for a first-time homebuyer 
program. 

General guidelines are as follows: 

• Applicants must be first time homebuyers - a first time homebuyer is 
defined as an individual or an individual and his or her spouse who have 
not owned a home during a three year period preceding the date of the 
application . 

• Applicants must be income eligible in order to qualify for assistance. 
Households are eligible for first time homebuyer assistance if they earn 
less than 80% of area median income at the time of application. Income 
limits are as follows: 



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Household Size 



Maximum Income 



1 person 

2 person 

3 person 

4 person 

5 person 

6 person 



$30, 450 
$34, 800 
$39, 150 
$43, 500 
$47, 000 
$50, 450 



• Applicants must use the property as their principal residence. Temporary 
sub-leases of the property are not allowed. 

• The maximum loan amount is 5% of the purchase price of the home or $6,500, 
whichever is less. 

• The homebuyer must provide matching funds. Matching funds may include 
closing costs (i.e. points, attorney's fee, appraisal). 

• The loan is in the form of a 0% interest deferred payment loan. The loan 
is paid in full when the home is sold. The loan is not assumable. Monthly 
payments are not required. 

The property must meet federal housing quality standards either at the time 
of purchase or within a specific period of time after purchase. 

• The property purchased cannot exceed the following values: 



The town administered a similar program in 1993-94 through the state- funded 
Small Cities Program, assisting seven households to purchase homes in town. 

Approximately $30,000 is allocated annually for this program, subject to 
continued federal appropriation and Wilmington's eligibility to participate in 
the program. 

The Partnership also reviewed amendments to the Saddle Oak Estates development 
and the Planning & Conservation Department coordinated the town's review of 
the Environmental Impact Report for Avalon Oaks, a mixed- income rental 
development in North Wilmington. 

Housing Partnership members are Chairman Mark Haldane, Vice Chairman Raymond 
Forest, Charles Boyle, Gregory Erickson, Carole Hamilton, Lillian Hupper, 
Alfred Meegan, Daniel Paret, Jr., Rev. Herbert Taylor, Daniel Wandell and 
Lester White. The Partnership meets the second Thursday of each month and 
welcomes interested residents to attend. 



One family 
Two family 



$160, 950 
$205, 591 
$248, 887 
$309, 337 



Three family 
Four family 



-44- 



Accepted Streets 



STREET LOCATION LENGTH DATE(S) ACCEPTED 



Adams Street 


from 


Middlesex Avenue to Parker Street 


2 , 915 


1908 




Adelaide Street 


from 


Church Street to Middlesex Avenue 


666 


1976 




Agostino Drive 


from 


Gandalf Way 


1, 579 


1979 


1996 


Aldrich Road 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue to Billerica Line 


6 , 740 


1894 




Allgrove Lane 


from 


Woburn Street 


900 


1993 


1996 


Allenhurst Way 


from 


Woburn Street 


1,161 


1994 




Allen Park Drive 


from 


Fairmont Avenue to Fairmont Avenue 


2,319 


1971 


1984 


Amherst Road 


from 


Shawsheen Ave to end of cul-de-sac 


1, 500 


1996 




Andover Street 


from 


Salem Street 


180 


1894 




Andover Street 


from 


Andover Line to beyond Woburn Street 


11,300 


1894 


1970 


Andrew Street 


from 


Aldrich Road to beyond Houghton Road 


435 


1985 




Anthony Avenue 


from 


Salem Street to Catherine Avenue 


300 


1966 




Apollo Drive 


from 


Charlotte Road to Draper Drive 


300 


1971 




Appletree Lane 


from 


Chestnut Street to Towpath Drive 


994 


1990 




Arlene Avenue 


from 


Salem Street to Ella Avenue 


3 , 754 


1966 


1978 


Auburn Avenue 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue 


755 


1945 




Ayotte Street 


from 


Westdale Avenue to Crest Avenue 


240 


1947 




Baker Street 


from 


Brand Avenue to beyond Phillips Ave. 


684 


1945 




Baland Road 


from 


Ballardvale Street 


540 


1972 




Ballardvale St. 


from 


Salem Street to Route 125 


965 


1894 




Ballardvale St. 


from 


Route 12 5 to Andover Line 


12 , 000 


1894 


1985 


Bancroft Street 


from 


Liberty Street 


400 


1952 




Barbara Avenue 


from 


Anthony Avenue to Dorothy Avenue 


850 


1966 




Beacon Street 


from 


Church Street to Belmont Avenue 


970 


1915 




Beech Street 


from 


Burlington Avenue to Byron Street 


1, 005 


1947 




Beeching Avenue 


from 


Cunningham Street to Faulkner Ave. 


440 


1959 




Belmont Avenue 


from 


Columbia Street to State Street 


980 


1933 




Benson Road 


from 


Radcliff Road to Tewksbury Line 


616 


1971 




Biggar Avenue 


from 


Salem Street to Ring Avenue 


1, 282 


1975 




Birchwood Road 


from 


Shady Lane Drive 


1, 197 


1952 




Birchwood Road 


from 


Judith Road 


400 


1953 




Blanchard Road 


from 


Kendall Road 


625 


1989 




Boutwell Street 


from 


Burlington Avenue to Aldrich Road 


4 , 144 


1894 


1960 


Brand Avenue 


f rom 


Bridge Lane 


510 


1933 


1943 


Brand Avenue 


from 


Baker Street to beyond Wisser Street 


950 


1933 


1943 


Brattle Street 


from 


Massachusetts Avenue to Garden Ave . 


1 , 066 


1945 




Brentwood Avenue 


from 


Woburn Street to Woodside Avenue 


1, 017 


1938 




Bridge Lane 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue 


455 


1894 




Bridge Lane 


from 


Main Street to beyond Brand Avenue 


754 


1894 




Broad Street 


from 


King Street 


1,377 


1954 




Burlington Avenue 


f rom 


Main Street to Burlington Line 


8,588 


1894 




Burnap Street 


from 


Grove Avenue 


1,145 


1953 




Burnap Street 


from 


Winchell Road 


484 


1945 




Burt Road 


from 


Cedar Street to beyond Water Street 


1,653 


1945 


1946 


Butters Row 


from 


Main Street to Chestnut Street 


3 , 577 


1894 




Buzzell Drive 


from 


Draper Drive to Evans Drive 


600 


1971 




Canal Street 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue to Burt Road 


1, 505 


1939 


1955 


Carolyn Road 


from 


North Street to Marcia Road 


1,268 


1960 


1971 


Carson Avenue 


from 


Marie Drive to beyond Hathaway Road 


1, 017 


1961 




Carter Lane 


from 


Shawsheen Ave to beyond Norfolk Ave. 


1, 411 


1957 




Castle Drive 


from 


Burlington Ave left. to Burlington Ave 


1,325 


1997 





-45- 



Catherine Avenue 


from 


Anthony Avenue to Arlene Avenue 


1, 000 


1966 


Cedar Street 


from 


Burt Road to Harris Street 


687 


1945 


Cedar Crest Road 


from 


Pinewood Road to Judith Road 


1, 100 


1963 


Central Street 


from 


Church Street to Middlesex Avenue 


552 


1950 


Chandler Road 


from 


Adams Street to Kelley Road 


400 


1957 


Chapman Avenue 


from 


Hathaway Road to Sheridan Road 


1, 575 


1951 


Charlotte Road 


from 


Gunderson Rd. to beyond Apollo Dr. 


859 


1971 


Chase Road 


from 


Hathaway Road 


297 


1953 


Chestnut Street 


from 


Burlington Avenue to Woburn Line 


11, 480 


1894 


Church Street 


from 


Main Street to Middlesex Avenue 


4, 285 


1894 


Clark Street 


from 


Main Street to Church Street 


2,470 


1894 


Clorinda Road 


from 


Agostino Drive 


887 


1979 


Colonial Drive 


from 


Middlesex Avenue thru cul-de-sac 


375 


1997 


Cochrane Road 


from 


Forest Street to Wabash Road 


800 


1947 


Columbia Street 


from 


Church St. to beyond Belmont Avenue 


1, 150 


1908 


Concord Street 


from 


Federal Street to North Reading Line 


5, 803 


1894 


Congress Street 


from 


Forest Street to Burlington Line 


977 


1939 


Cook Avenue 


from 


Main Street 


813 


1946 


Coolidge Road 


from 


Hathaway Road 


270 


1951 


Corey Avenue 


from 


Canal Street to Grand Street 


366 


1951 


Cornell Place 


from 


Fordham Road 


747 


1982 


Cottage Street 


from 


Main Street 


927 


1954 




f irom 




c; c; Q 

3 3 




Cross Street 


from 


Main Street to Lowell Street 


697 


1894 


Crystal Road 


from 


Woburn Street to end of cul-de-sac 


895 


1996 


Cunningham St . 


from 


Salem Street to Beeching Ave 


2, 447 


1944 


Cushing Drive 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue 


990 


1993 


Cypress Street 


from 


Glen Road 


260 


1951 


Dadant Drive 


from 


North Street to North Street 


1, 760 


1964 


Davis Road 


from 


Main Street 


500 


1952 


Dayton Road 


from 


Hathaway Road 


170 


1951 


Dell Drive 


from 


Burlington Avenue 


1, 794 


1958 


Dexter Street 


from 


Main Street 


480 


1979 


Dobson Street 


from 


Glen Road to beyond Garden Avenue 


1, 402 


1954 


Dogwood Lane 


from 


Blueberry Lane to Ashwood Avenue 


550 


1997 


Dorchester Street 


from 


Billerica Line 


1, 214 


1951 


1"^ "V" <^ +~ T r 7iTr^T*^ii^ 

jjoxouny >ivenue 


f rom 


Axxene Avenue co carjjara Avenus 




1 Q c n 


Douglas Avenue 


from 


Palmer Way 


1, 017 


1989 


Draper Drive 


from 


Gunderson Road to Evans Drive 


1, 560 


1959 


Drury Lane 


from 


Glen Road to School Street 


633 


1963 


Dublin Avenue 


from 


Main Street 


500 


1951 


Dunton Road 


from 


Nassau Avenue 


649 


1956 


Eames Street 


from 


Main Street to Woburn Street 


3 , 200 


1894 


Earles Row 


from 


Route 62 


820 


1994 


Edward Road 


from 


Forest Street to beyond Baldwin Rd. 


450 


1947 


Ella Avenue 


from 


Arlene Avenue to Arlene Avenue 


1, 043 


1978 


Elwood Road 


from 


Forest Street 


642 


1968 


Emerson Street 


from 


Faulkner Avenue to Oakwood Road 


590 


1951 


Englewood Drive 


from 


Kenwood Drive 


455 


1971 


Evans Drive 


from 


Gunderson Road to Draper Drive 


2, 071 


1971 


Everett Avenue 


from 


Faulkner Avenue to Cunningham St . 


480 


1979 



-46- 



STREET 



LOCATION 



LENGTH 



DATE(S) ACCEPTED 



Fairfield Road 


from 


Main Street 


1, 299 


1946 


Fairmeadow Road 


from 


Nichols Street to Nichols Street 


2 , 328 


1958 


Fairmont Avenue 


from 


Molloy Road 


952 


1971 


Fair view Avenue 


from 


State Street 


648 


1933 


Faneuil Drive 


from 


Massachusetts Avenue 










to beyond Harvard Avenue 


790 


1950 


Faulkner Avenue 


from 


Glen Road to Jacobs Street 


1, 946 


1944 


Fay Street 


from 


Glen Road to Garden Avenue 


714 


1938 


Federal Street 


from 


Middlesex Avenue to Woburn Street 


5, 740 


1894 


Ferguson Road 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue 


1, 073 


1967 


Fernbanks Road 


from 


Mill Road to end of cul-de-sac 


550 


1996 


Flagstaff Road 


from 


Nichols Street 


587 


1989 


Fletcher Lane 


from 


Kilmarnock Street to Morgan Road 


792 


1977 


Floradale Avenue 


from 


Burlington Avenue 


627 


1970 


Flynn Way 


from 


Federal Street to end of cul-de-sac 


680 


1996 


Fordham Road 


from 


North Reading Line 


3 , 714 


1971 


Forest Street 


from 


Burlington Avenue to Aldrich Road 


4, 100 


1894 


Fox Run Drive 


from 


High Street 


975 


1989 


Franklin Avenue 


from 


Arlene Avenue to Arlene Avenue 


739 


1978 


Frederick Drive 


from 


Salem Street 


1, 070 


1966 


Freeport Drive 


from 


Park Street to Lucaya Circle 


2, 086 


1979 


Gandalf Way 


from 


Glen Road to Agostino Drive 


549 


1979 


Gatehouse Lane 


from 


Towpath Road 


380 


1994 


Gearty Street 


from 


Ring Avenue 


627 


1989 


Glen Road 


from 


Middlesex Avenue to Main Street 


6,870 


1894 


Glendale Circle 


from 


Glen Road to Lawrence Street 


1, 304 


1952 


Glenview Road 


from 


Suncrest Avenue 


365 


1959 


Gloria Way 


from 


Broad Street 


770 


1989 


Gowing Road 


from 


Park Street to Marcus Road 


941 


1956 


Grace Drive 


from 


Shawsheen Ave . to beyond Melody Lane 


2 , 514 


1966 


Grand Avenue 


from 


Corey Avenue 


815 


1952 


Grant Street 


from 


Federal Street 


780 


1943 


Great Neck Drive 


from 


Woburn Street 


536 


1989 


Grove Avenue 


from 


Main Street to Lake Street 


4, 147 


1910 


Grove Street 


from 


Reading Line 


120 


1957 


Gunderson Road 


from 


Marie Drive to beyond Evans Drive 


1, 506 


1959 


Hamlin Lane 


from 


Lawrence Street 


540 


1962 


Hanover Street 


from 


Atlantic Avenue 


574 


1988 


Hanson Road 


from 


Woodland Road 


838 


1969 


Hardin Street 


from 


Aldrich Road to Jaquith Road 


428 


1951 


Harnden Street 


from 


Main Street to Glen Road 


600 


1895 


Harold Avenue 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue to Reed Street 


1, 312 


1971 


Harris Street 


from 


Burlington Avenue to Cedar Street 


806 


1945 


Harvard Avenue 


from 


Main Street to River Street 


430 


1951 


Hathaway Road 


from 


Woburn Street to Evans Drive 


3 , 270 


1951 


Hawthorne Road 


from 


Woburn Street 


230 


1956 


Heather Drive 


from 


Freeport Drive to North Reading Line 


1, 286 


1979 


Henry L. Drive 


from 


Woburn Street 


651 


1993 


High Street 


from 


Middlesex Avenue to Woburn Street 


3 , 585 


1894 


Hillside Way 


from 


Chestnut Street to Burlington Line 


2,230 


1914 


Hilltop Road 


from 


Suncrest Avenue 


364 


1959 


Hobson Avenue 


from 


Pine Avenue to beyond Wisser Street 


1, 560 


1945 


Hopkins Street 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue to Billerica Line 


3 , 051 


1894 


Houghton Road 


from 


Kendall Street to Andrew Street 


1, 702 


1985 



1953 
1945 



1976 



1966 



1953 1959 



1951 
1972 



1952 
1975 



-47- 



STREET 



LOCATION 



LENGTH 



DATE(S) ACCEPTED 



Industrial Way 


from 


Woburn Street to West Street 


4 , 430 


1974 




Jaquith Road 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue 


1, 398 


1938 


1949 


Jere Road 


from 


Fairmeadow Road to Fairmeadow Road 


1, 248 


1968 




Jewel Drive 


from 


Fames Street 


1, 303 


1985 




Jones Avenue 


from 


Glen Road 


717 


1940 




Jonspin Road 


from 


Andover Street 


3, 800 


1993 




Judith Road 


from 


Cedar Crest Road to Birchwood Road 


400 


1953 




Kajin Way 


from 


Woburn Street 


455 


1989 




Kelley Road 


from 


Chandler Road 


923 


1957 




Kendall Street 


from 


Aldrich Road to Blanchard Road 


1,420 


1945 




Kenwood Avenue 


from 


Woburn St . to beyond Englewood Dr . 


1, 725 


1970 


1971 


Kiernan Avenue 


from 


Lowell Street to beyond Naples Road 


693 


1958 




Kilmarnock Street 


from 


West Street to beyond Morgan Road 


1, 840 


1894 




King Street 


from 


Glen Road to Broad Street 


2 ,400 


1940 


1945 


King Street Ext . 


from 


Glen Road 


487 


1979 




Kirk Street 


from 


Main Street 


575 


1951 




Lake Street 


from 


Main Street to Shawsheen Avenue 


3, 855 


1894 




Lang Street 


from 


Bancroft Street 


409 


1952 




Laurel Avenue 


from 


Parker Street to Molloy Road 


659 


1950 




Lawrence Court 


from 


Lawrence Street 


728 


1956 




Lawrence Street 


from 


Glen Road to Shady Lane Drive 


4, 013 


1956 




Ledgewood Road 


from 


Suncrest Avenue 


383 


1959 




Lexington Street 


from 


Cunningham Street to Morningside Dr. 


714 


1974 




Liberty Street 


from 


Federal Street 


740 


1943 




Lincoln Street 


from 


Federal Street 


720 


1943 




Linda Road 


from 


High Street to beyond Pineridge Road 


1, 760 


1950 




Lloyd Road 


from 


Main Street 


1, 050 


1951 




Lockwood Road 


from 


Ballardvale Street 


977 


1957 




Longview Road 


from 


Middlesex Avenue 


650 


1959 




Lorin Drive 


from 


Swain Road 


560 


1992 




Loumac Road 


from 


Drury Lane 


510 


1963 




Lowell Street 


from 


Main Street to Reading Line 


10, 152 


1894 


1978 


Lowell St. Park 


from 


Lowell Street 


580 


1908 


1957 


Lucaya Circle 


from 


Heather Drive to Freeport Drive 


2 , 469 


1979 




Mackey Road 


from 


Federal Street 


250 


1943 




Magazine Road 


from 


Wisser Street 


320 


1973 




Magazine Street 


from 


Taplin Avenue 


190 


1973 




Main Street 


from 


Tewksbury Line to Woburn Line 


21, 387 


1894 




Marcia Road 


from 


North Street to beyond Carolyn Rd. 


2 , 806 


1962 


1971 


Marcus Road 


from 


Gowing Road 


2, 315 


1958 




Marie Drive 


from 


Woburn St . to beyond Gunderson Road 


1, 525 


1961 


1966 


Marion Street 


from 


Burlington Avenue to beyond 












Clifton Street 


1, 876 


1945 




Marion Street 


from 


Marion St. westerly to Marion St. 


975 


1995 




Mp9 T" "1 o T" "i ^ Po;^r^ 


f rom 


Maid .^t"'rpf*t" 


1,392 


1951 




Massachusetts Ave 


from 


Main Street to beyond Brattle St. 


810 


1945 




McDonald Road 


from 


Salem Street 


2 , 621 


1944 




Meadow Lane 


from 


Suncrest Avenue 


479 


1957 


1997 


Melody Lane 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue to Grace Drive 


245 


1966 




Middlesex Avenue 


from 


Main Street to Salem Street 


12 , 140 


1894 




Miles Street 


from 


Main Street to Hobson Avenue 


380 


1945 





-48- 



STREET 



LOCATION 



LENGTH 



DATE(S) ACCEPTED 



Miller Road 


from 


Glen Road 


638 


1945 


Moore Street 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue to beyond 










Wedgewood Avenue 


1,528 


1967 


Morgan Road 


from 


Kilmarnock Street 


653 


1977 


Morningside Drive 


from 


Lexington Street to Fairfield Road 


693 


1974 


Morse Avenue 


from 


Woburn Street to beyond Lawn Street 


1,360 


1939 


Mystic Avenue 


from 


Middlesex Avenue 


1,298 


1908 


Nassau Avenue 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue to Dunton Road 


1, 566 


1946 


Nathan Road 


from 


Senpek Road 


1,057 


1971 


Nichols Street 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue to Billerica Line 


3,801 


1894 


Nickerson Avenue 


from 


West Street 


953 


1947 


Norfolk Avenue 


from 


Carter Lane to Nassau Avenue 


537 


1954 


North Street 


from 


Middlesex Avenue to Marcia Road 


3 , 515 


1945 


No. Washington 










Avenue 


from 


Agostino Drive 


858 


1979 


Nottingham Drive 


from 


Stonehedge Drive thru cul-de-sac 


480 


1997 


Nunn Road 


from 


Kelley Road 


214 


1965 


Oak Street 


from 


Salem Street 


355 


1951 


Oakdale Road 


from 


Short Street to Judith Road 


2,301 


1950 


Oakridge Circle 


from 


Gowing Road to Gowing Road 


1,730 


1958 


Oakwood Road 


from 


Main Street to beyond Emerson Street 


800 


1946 


Olson Street 


from 


Church Street 


122 


1957 


Oxbow Drive 


from 


Woburn Street 


1 , 751 


1994 


Palmer Way 


from 


Middlesex Avenue 


1,437 


1989 


Park Street 


from 


Woburn Street to No . Reading Line 


4,180 


1895 


Parker Street 


from 


Lowell Street to Blackstone Street 


2 , 000 


1919 


Patches Pond Lane 


from 


Chestnut Street to a dead end 


1,185 


1990 


Patricia Circle 


from 


Dell Drive 


595 


1958 


Pershing Street 


from 


Federal Street 


720 


1943 


Phillips Avenue 


from 


Wild Ave. to beyond Baker Street 


1 , 519 


1946 


Pilcher Drive 


from 


the end of Gearty Street 


410 


1989 


Pilling Road 


from Hathaway Road 


954 


1959 


Pine Avenue 


from 


Main Street to Hobson Avenue 


380 


1945 


Pineridge Road 


from 


North St . to Linda Road 


914 


1960 


Pineview Road 


from 


Cobalt Street to Adelman Road 


450 


1953 


Pinewood Road 


from 


Shady Lane Drive to Oakdale Road 


1, 364 


1954 


Pleasant Road 


from 


Middlesex Avenue to Linda Road 


750 


1962 


Powder House 










Circle 


from 


Middlesex Avenue 


710 


1954 


Presidential Dr. 


from 


Boutwell Street 


826 


1977 


Progress Way 


from 


Industrial Way 


630 


1974 


Quail Run 


from 


Woburn Street 


500 


1992 


Radcliff Road 


from 


South Street to Benson Road 


355 


1971 


IVCt -L X i. WCK.^ ^VC^llLlC 


from 


Clark Street 


650 


1909 


Reading Avenue 


from 


Oakwood Road 


215 


1979 


Reading Avenue 


from 


Faulkner Ave Northwestly to dead-end 


160 


1997 


Redwood Terrace 


from 


Kenwood Avenue 


645 


1970 


Reed Street 


from 


Shawsheen Ave . to beyond Harold Ave . 


1, 090 


1971 


Research Drive 


from 


Ballardvale Street 


1, 817 


1989 


Richmond Street 


from 


Main Street to Shawsheen Avenue 


1, 800 


1973 



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STREET 



LOCATION 



LENGTH 



DATE(S) ACCEPTED 



Ridge Road 


from 


Suncrest Avenue 


365 


1956 


Ring Avenue 


from 


Salem Street to Biggar Avenue 


1, 150 


1975 


River Street 


from 


Massachusetts Avenue to Harvard Ave. 


453 


1962 


Roberts Road 


from Burlington Ave. to Burlington Ave. 


1,861 


1967 


Rollins Road 


from 


Marion Street to Fenway Street 


200 


1954 


Roosevelt Road 


from 


Boutwell Street to Swain Road 


1, 980 


1946 


Route 6 2 


from 


Middlesex Avenue to Salem Street 


3, 343 


1958 


Royal Street 


from 


Salem Street 


1, 043 


1951 



Salem Street 


from 


Tewksbury Line to beyond 










Ballardvale Street 


8, 895 


1894 


Salem Street 


from 


North Reading Line to beyond 










Woburn Street 


6 ,475 


1894 


Sarafina's Way 


from 


Hopkins St. southerly through cul-de- 


sac 450 


1995 


Scaltrito Drive 


from 


Salem Street 


785 


1974 


School Street 


from 


Middlesex Ave. to beyond Drury Lane 


1, 139 


1915 


Senpek Road 


from 


Wildwood Street to Nathan Road 


280 


1971 


Sewell Road 


from 


Hathaway Road 


300 


1955 


Shady Lane Drive 


from 


Middlesex Ave. to Lawrence Street 


2, 904 


1950 


S haws he en Avenue 


from 


beyond Richmond Street 











to Billerica Line 


11, 845 


1894 


Sherburn Place 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue 


723 


1975 


Sheridan Road 


from 


Woburn Street to Hathaway Road 


1, 021 


1951 


Sherwood Road 


from 


Forest Street to Cochrane Road 


445 


1971 


Silver Lake Ave. 


from 


Lake Street to Dexter Street 


455 


1954 


Sparhawk Drive 


from 


Park Street to Heather Drive 


361 


1979 


Sprucewood Road 


from 


Shady Lane Drive 


690 


1952 


State Street 


from 


Belmont Ave. to Fairview Ave. 


315 


1933 


Stonehedge Drive 


from 


Castle Dr. Northerly thru cul-de-sac 


1, 400 


1997 


Strout Avenue 


from 


Lowell Street 


908 


1955 


Suncrest Avenue 


from 


West Street to Ledgewood Road 


1, 246 


1954 


Swain Road 


from 


Burlington Avenue to Forest Street 


2 , 290 


1922 



Taft Road 


from 


Boutwell Street to Swain Road 


1, 986 


1938 


Taplin Avenue 


from 


Wisser Street 


461 


1946 


Taplin Avenue 


from 


Baker Street 


900 


1946 


Temple Street 


from 


Church Street 


214 


1911 


Thrush Road 


from 


Salem Street to Marie Drive 


400 


1961 


Thurston Avenue 


from 


Church Street to beyond Kidder Place 


623 


1907 


Tomahawk Drive 


from 


Aldrich Road 


575 


1989 


Towpath Drive 


from 


Towpath Drive to a dead end 


463 


1990 


Towpath Drive 


from 


Chestnut Street to Towpath Drive 


914 


1990 


Towpath Drive 


from 


Towpath Drive 


870 


19 93 


Towpath Drive 


from 


Towpath Drive to Butters Row 


886 


1996 


Tracy Circle 


from 


Woburn Street 


675 


1992 


Truman Road 


from Hathaway Road 


300 


1953 


Unnamed Street 


from 


Salem Street to Andover Street 


470 


1958 


Upton Court 


from 


Andover Street 


500 


1894 


Valyn Lane 


from 


Salem Street 


608 


1989 


Veranda Avenue 


from 


Main Street 


847 


1916 


Virginia Road 


from 


No. Reading Line to No. Reading Line 


1, 105 


1954 



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STREET 



LOCATION 



LENGTH 



DATE{S) ACCEPTED 



Walker Street 


from 


Main Street 


423 


1958 


Warren Road 


from 


Wightman Road to Tewksbury Line 


97 


1954 


Washington Avenue 


from 


Clark Street to Stone Street 


1, 650 


1920 


Webber Street 


from 


Burlington Avenue 


677 


1969 


Wedgewood Avenue 


from 


Moore Street 


551 


1967 


West Street 


from 


Woburn Street to Reading Line 


8, 372 


1894 


We St dale Avenue 


from 


West Street 


1, 211 


1942 


Wicks Circle 


from 


Everett Avenue 


533 


1971 


Wightman Road 


from 


Warren Road to Tewksbury Line 


239 


1954 


Wild Avenue 


from 


Grove Avenue 


1, 050 


1910 


Wildwood Street 


from 


Middlesex Avenue to Woburn Street 


5,290 


1894 


Williams Avenue 


from 


Main Street 


706 


1940 


Wilson Street 


from 


Federal Street 


760 


1943 


Wilton Drive 


from 


Shawsheen Avenue 


1, 151 


1966 


Winchell Road 


from 


Grove Avenue to Burnap Street 


193 


1945 


Wing Road 


from 


Woburn Street 


746 


1958 


Wisser Street 


from 


Main Street to Brand Avenue 


1, 146 


1950 


Woburn Street 


from 


Andover Street to Woburn Line 


23 , 122 


1894 


Woodland Road 


from 


Lowell Street 


1, 174 


1969 




DPW crews work constantly to keep Wilmington 's streets clean. 



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Unaccepted Ways Committee 



Establishment of the Committee on Unaccepted Ways was authorized by vote of 
the Annual Tovm Meeting in April 1994. The Committee was appointed thereafter 
by the Town Manager and Selectmen and began active meetings in the fall of 
1995. The Committee's charge, to address the Town of Wilmington's "problem of 
unaccepted ways . " 

The Committee embarked on a standard process of open meetings to discuss the 
issues associated with unaccepted ways, to identify the problems, and to 
recommend solutions. 

Issues 

The Committee found out early on, the problem of unaccepted ways in the Town 
of Wilmington means different things to different people. For instance, some 
of the issues identified and discussed included: 

• Residents look to the town for repair or reconstruction of streets that 
were not constructed properly or those that after many years have 
deteriorated to a poor condition of mud and ruts in the winter and spring 
and dust and ruts in the summer. If the way is not accepted, the repair 
cannot be made . 

• New residents to the town request sidewalks on their streets for the safety 
of their children, only to find out that the street is not an accepted way 
and the improvement cannot be made . 

• Tax equity, residents on all of these streets pay the same tax rate as 
residents on accepted ways. 

• There is an expectation on the part of many that the town, by allowing 
building and development to occur, should also be responsible for the 
construction of appropriate infra-structure. 

Options Explored 

As the Committee progressed through the issues, several options were 
investigated for potential programs of construction, reconstruction and 
acceptance of the current unaccepted ways. Programs considered ranged from a 
full townwide Capital Program of roadway improvements to a minimal "accept as 
is" approach. As each program possibility was explored, input from the town 
officials was requested and added to the discussion of appropriateness and 
feasibility. Requirements for street acceptance and layout, costs for 
engineering design and survey, and the ability of the town to expend public 
funds for the various program options were considered. 

Inventory of Streets 

As part of the Committee's work, all unaccepted ways in the town have been 
identified, inventoried and assessed for general condition by the office of 
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As expected, the condition of the unaccepted ways were found to vary widely, 
from "good" condition requiring no improvement to "poor" condition, 
unconstructed dirt roads. In some cases, unaccepted ways were found to be in 
condition equal to or better than that of existing public ways. 

Standards 

Standards, defining the acceptable existing condition of a roadway and/or 
construction or repairs which would be required to allow for acceptance were 
discussed and adopted. The Committee consensus was to recommend the use of 
the "Planning Board Guidelines for the Development of Paper Streets" as the 
standard. This allows for streets to be constructed or improved to a standard 
less stringent than that required by the Planning Board Rules and Regulations 
for new subdivision streets, which often would be unfeasible for unaccepted 
ways, due to the limited right of way and multiple property ownership. 
However, this standard will specify and require the quality of construction to 
be appropriate for a way of the town and thus protect the town's interest by 
limiting the potential of premature failure and early maintenance costs. 

Budgetary Costs 

The office of the Town Engineer developed budgetary cost estimates for the 
construction and survey costs which would be associated with the improvements 
and acceptance of the currently unaccepted ways in town. Survey and research 
for the layout plans for the 200+/-unaccepted ways in town is estimated to 
cost in the range of $650,000 to $800,000 (approximately $7 to $8 per linear 
foot) . The construction cost will vary substantially depending on the 
conditions encountered when more detailed investigations are performed and the 
extent of the improvements which are determined to be necessary for acceptance 
as a town way. The cost for the construction could range between $4 million 
and $8 million. The low end being for construction of a minimum standard 
width pavement only and the higher end including sidewalks, berms etc. It 
must be stated that these are very preliminary amounts and presented to 
establish an order of magnitude cost for the street improvements and 
acceptance . 

Benefits of Acceptance 

Based on our review and discussions, and with input from the town departments, 
the Committee on Unaccepted Ways believes that there is a basic general 
benefit to the town to be gained through the acceptance of currently 
unaccepted ways . It is the consensus of this Committee that acceptance of 
currently unaccepted ways in the town, through a program of improvement, 
upgrade and reconstruction to the minimum established standard, will enhance 
the overall quality of the community. Therefore, the Committee has 
recommended that the town adopt a program encouraging acceptance of all 
streets and that the town participate in the cost of the needed improvements, 
repairs and engineering required to accomplish the acceptance. 



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Available Program Methods 



As a result of the Committee's meetings with the Tovm Manager, Town Counsel 
and Town Accountant, it was determined that the town is somewhat limited in 
its ability to expend public funds on unaccepted ways. In fact, the only 
avenue believed to be available for addressing the costs associated with the 
needed engineering, research, survey and improvements to allow for acceptance 
of the ways is the Betterments Program. The Betterments Program is a State 
program which allows for the expenditure of public funds to the extent of the 
General Benefit to the town provided by the betterment, in this case roadway 
improvements . This is the same program available and used for sewer 
improvements. This program has also been used in the past by residents for 
roadway improvements, however, to date, there has been no participation by the 
town in the roadway projects. 

Town Participation 

In consideration of the Committee's finding that acceptance of the currently 
unaccepted ways will provide a basic general benefit to the town, the 
Committee recommends that town participation in the roadway betterment program 
be established as not less than 10%. Town participation above this 
established minimum will be determined by the Board of Selectmen on a case by 
case basis depending on the actual circumstances for each street. The 
Committee recommends that the Community Development Technical Review Team 
provide the Town Manager with the recommendations for percent of town 
participation . 

Streets Constructed Through Official Map Variance 

Streets constructed through the now discontinued Official Map Variance process 
of the Zoning Board of Appeals posed a significant concern to the Committee. 
In fact, we believe the impetus for formation of the Committee on Unaccepted 
Ways may have been the Buckingham Road construction and residents ' concerns 
with the quality of that construction and lack of street acceptance. 

The recommendations of the Committee provide for special consideration and 
expedient acceptance of these streets which were constructed through an 
official town process, provided that the streets meet the following criteria: 
(1) are in "good" condition; (2) have a minimum pavement width of 2 feet; and 
(3) have a right-of-way width of not less than 40 feet. Acceptance of these 
streets "as is" is recommended. Even with this approach, there will be costs 
associated with the acceptance. These costs include the survey, and title 
research required to prepare a street layout plan suitable for recording at 
the Registry of Deeds. The process for acceptance will also be through the 
Betterments Program. 

Future Unaccepted Ways 

Lastly, the Committee was also asked to explore how the future proliferation 
of unaccepted ways could be avoided. This subject is one which has many 
facets. Over the past several years, the town has taken steps clarifying the 
issue with the focus for all new roadway construction in the town being 
channeled through the Planning Board. Continued cooperation by all town 
boards and departments will be required. 



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Summary 

In summary the conclusions of the Committee on Unaccepted Ways are: 

• As the Town of Wilmington continues to grow and develop, the perception of 
Wilmington as a rural community will diminish and the residents' 
expectation of town backed and maintained infrastructure will continue to 
increase . 

• The town has a high percentage of unaccepted ways for a suburban community. 

• Upgrade, improvement and acceptance of these currently unaccepted ways will 
improve the town's image and benefit the town overall. 

• The town should establish a town participatory Betterments program for the 
acceptance of currently unaccepted ways. Town participation to be at least 
ten (10) percent of the cost. Higher percentage town participation will be 
determined on a case by case basis based on the General Benefit to the town 
from the improvement . 

• Community Development Technical Review Team or some other appointed board 
will make recommendations as to the general benefit. 

• The town needs to develop a public information campaign to advise residents 
of the program and encourage participation. 

• Special consideration for acceptance of streets constructed through the 
official map variance process is warranted. 

The Committee's formal recommendations are as follows: 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS 

1. Program - It is the recommendation of the Committee on Unaccepted Ways 
that the Town of Wilmington should establish a specific program of 
roadway betterments through the provisions of MGL Ch 80, for the 
acceptance of currently unaccepted ways . 

2. Town Participation - The Town of Wilmington to participate in the cost 
of required improvements to the extent attributable to the general 
benefit to the town. Costs will include engineering costs and 
construction costs. 

3. Minimum Town Participation - The Town of Wilmington, in consideration of 
the basic general benefit of accepted ways, will participate a minimum 
of 10% in the betterment of any currently unaccepted street or way, 
petitioned for acceptance by the abutters . 

4 . Determination of Actual Participation - Actual percentage of Town 

participation, at or over the minimum, will be recommended by the Town 
Manager through the Community Development Technical Review Team (and 
consultation with the DPW, Planning Board, Town Engineer and other 
departments as deemed appropriate) to the Board of Selectmen. In no 
case will town participation be less than 10%. The balance of the cost 
(actual cost minus town share) to be borne by the abutters through the 
betterment program. The Committee adopted the following guidelines to 
determine the percentage of town participation: town participation will 



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be higher for streets providing access to other neighborhoods or public 
facilities, and at a lower percentage to dead-end streets. The 
Committee does not foresee a circumstance where town participation would 
be in excess of 50%. 

5. Costs - Costs included in the program include all engineering, surveys, 
property research for preparation of layout plans, and the cost of 
construction . 

6 . Required Improvements - Determination of improvements required for 

acceptance of any street will be made on a case by case basis, by the 
Community Development Technical Review Team. Planning Board Guidelines 
for Development of Paper Streets are to be used as a guideline for the 
roadway improvements needed. 

7 . Streets Constructed by Official Map Variance - In that the streets 
constructed by the official map variance process were constructed 
through an established and since discontinued town process (Board of 
Appeals) , the Committee on Unaccepted Ways further recommends that 
special consideration should be given to the acceptance of these 
streets . Streets constructed by the Official Map Variance process and 
determined by the Department of the Town Engineer, 

• to be in "good" condition, 

• having a minimum pavement width of 20 feet, and 

• a right of way width of not less than 40 feet, 

shall be considered for acceptance as a public way without need of 
further improvement. Only streets so constructed prior to January 1, 
1996, shall be so considered. Cost of the engineering associated with 
the acceptance of these streets will be the responsibility of the 
abutters. These costs will be eligible for the proposed program. 
Streets constructed by the Official Map Variance process but not meeting 
all of the above criteria shall be considered for program inclusion 
through the same process as any other unaccepted way. 

8 . Abutter Participation Requirements - Unanimous participation of all 

abutters, specifically (a grant of easement or transfer of land) for the 
right of way, is required for a street to be considered for acceptance 
through this program, including streets constructed through the Official 
Map Variance process. Specifically, a grant of easement or transfer of 
land will be required as determined by Town Counsel. 

9. Method of Construction Contract - The town will determine, on a case by 
case basis, how the improvements will be undertaken, through public bid 
contracts and/or use of town labor forces and equipment. 

10. Cost Efficiency - To the extent fiscally and logistically feasible in a 
given year, the town through its Engineering and DPW departments will 
work with the abutters to minimize the costs of the improvements. 



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11. Bylaw Amendment - To amend the Zoning Bylaw of the town by deleting 

Section 8.3.4 which describes the jurisdiction of the Board of Appeals 
and includes the following provision: "To hear and decide applications 
for a permit in accordance with the Official Map of the Town of 
Wilmington. " 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - THE COMMITTEE 

The committee was comprised of nine residents, the Town Engineer, Assistant 
Town Engineer, Director of the DPW and the Planning Director /Coordinator . 

Michael Roache, Chairman; Walter Kaminski*, Vice Chairman; Randi Holland, 
Cheryl Dunn, Martha Stevenson, Vincent Scifo, Richard Capone, Silverius 
Blonigen and William Hooper. 
♦Retired from the Committee 

Harold Gillam, Town Engineer; Robert Palmer, Director of DPW and Lynn Duncan, 
Planning Director (Comm. Clerk) 

Selectmen Representative - Robert Cain 

Andrew Kuchinsky, Assistant Town Engineer, served as staff to the Committee. 



Middlesex Canal Commission 

The Middlesex Canal Association had a busy year. Our 216 dues paying members 
were called upon to participate in a variety of functions. 

We held our annual Spring Walk in Wilmington, starting in the Town Park. The 
date was changed this year (later) to coincide with National Trails Day on 
June 7. Our Fall Walk was held in Billerica starting at the Mill Pond and 
crossing the deep cut (the largest earth removal venture along the entire 27 
mile route) . These walks are always informative and lively. 

On May 4 we invited Lance Metz from the National Canal Museum in Easton, 
Pennsylvania to talk about Towpath Canals in the United States . This was 
followed by a slide show on the new Canal Museum. We lent to his museum for 
five years one of our two shovels used in the construction of the Middlesex 
Canal . 

The Middlesex Canal was constructed over a ten-year period (1793-1803) . We 
decided at the bicentennial to have ten special programs to commemorate this 
endeavor. David Dettinger of Winchester spoke on September 27 about James 
Sullivan and his importance to the building of the Canal. This was followed 
by a motor boat tour of the Pawtucket Canal in Lowell. We traveled through 
the lock and saw where the Middlesex Canal entered the Merrimac River. It was 
a bright and clear day and a good time was had by all. 

Two books have been published. Dr. Carl Seaberg completed "The Incredible 
Ditch." It contains new pictures and insights into the building of the Canal. 



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In 1942 Lewis H. Lawrence wrote a thesis called the "Middlesex Canal." It was 
never published but was of such high quality that we felt it should be made 
more available. Using new computer techniques, we now have this for sale too. 

Two editions of "Towpath Topics" were published and distributed to all 
members. This is our magazine produced by Martha Hazen of Belmont. 

Only portions of the Middlesex Canal are on the National Registry. Bruce 
McHenry of Belmont has been working to include the entire route. This has 
necessitated a GIS (Geographic Information System) survey which will allow us 
to know all property lots and boundaries along the entire Canal . Slater 
Anderson, Manager of the GIS Laboratory at the Metropolitan Planning Council 
in Boston has been working with us . 

We have attended or participated in a number of meetings: 

1. 01 in Chemical Company on the impact of their chemical spill on the 
Canal - none so far. 

2. Engineers Weston & Sampson concerning the placement of a bypass water 
main to the Butter's Row Water Treatment Plant which will pass through 
the Canal . We asked that the pipe be placed below the bottom of the 
Canal and the Canal restored to its original appearance. 

3. Engineers Belanger & Foley who will be placing an additional Colonial 
Gas line along Butter's Row. It will pass through the Canal but will 
be dug in the tarmac thereby not disturbing the Canal bed. 

The Middlesex Canal Association has been working closely with the Middlesex 
Canal Commission, a State appointed board. This board has been extremely 
active in applying for grants to restore parts of the Canal for public use. 
We are applying for grants for $3.5 million from ISTEA (Internodal Surface 
Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991) . This money comes from a percentage of 
all highway funds used to enhance other transportation area such as railroads, 
lighthouses and canals. Tom Raphael of Winchester is President of this Board. 
Last year $100,000 was awarded to the Town of Billerica. This year we are 
requesting in excess of $500,000 for use along the entire canal. Wilmington 
will indeed be very active once those funds are appropriated. 

We are an active group and always welcome new members to the Middlesex Canal 
Association . 



Redevelopment Authority 

During 1997, the Wilmington Redevelopment Authority received approval from the 
Massachusetts Highway Department for the final engineering plans for the 
construction of the Route 38 roadway and sewer projects. At a meeting of the 
Wilmington Conservation Commission, it was discovered that the roadway surface 
drainage portion of the plans was not satisfactory and that a new set of 
drainage plans would have to be prepared and approved prior to advertising the 
project for construction. 



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Close cooperation between the town departments and the Authority produced an 
alternative plan which was approved by the Conservation Commission at the 
close of 1997. 

The revised project will be advertised for construction during the summer of 
1998 . 

In addition to current projects, the Wilmington Redevelopment Authority has 
provided the Town of Wilmington with continuing benefits from its investment 
in the Jewel Drive Industrial Park for the past 20+ years. At the end of 
1997, there were nine businesses operating in Jewel Park employing a total of 
975 workers. Based upon Fiscal Year 1997 data provided by the Assessor's 
Office, the total assessed value of the park was $13,803,200.00 and the annual 
tax revenue to the Town of Wilmington totaled $3 91,13 9.16. 

In 1997 Mr. Paul Logan was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Mr. John 
Ritchie. The current officers of the Authority are as follows: Charles 
Gilbert, Chairman; Patricia F. Duggan, Vice Chairman; John H. Creeth, 
Treasurer; Paul Logan, Assistant Treasurer and Mark Zinan, Secretary. 



Cable T.V. Advisory Task Force 

The Task Force presented the Board of Selectmen with the terms and condition 
for the renewal of the cable license between the town and MediaOne (formerly 
Continental Cablevision) . Selectmen approved the renewal license which became 
effective March 24, 1997 and will continue in effect for 10 years. 

The issuance of a license to provide cable service is unlike other public 
procurement of goods and service. While the license to provide cable is 
nonexclusive, there is a legal obligation to work with the existing cable 
provider for the renewal of their license. In most instances, the town is 
required to prepare specifications, receive sealed proposals from interested 
vendors and select the vendor who is qualified to provide the goods or 
services and proposes to do so at the lowest price. 

Cable service is governed by state and federal law. The existing cable 
provider, MediaOne, had the right to receive a new cable license unless the 
town could make a compelling legal case that the company did not meet any one 
of four specific standards. After reviewing those standards, both the Task 
Force and legal counsel concluded that MediaOne substantially met the legal 
standards. As a result, the issue at hand was not soliciting proposals from 
all interested cable service providers but instead negotiating the best 
arrangement with MediaOne for the license renewal. 

Federal statute prohibits the license issuing authority from negotiating with 
cable providers over the two issues most important to cable subscribers: (1) 
the type of programming to be offered; and (2) the price for cable services. 

In spite of these limitations, the Cable T.V. Advisory Task Force obtained 
MediaOne 's agreement on several key issues: 



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Maintenance of a customer service office in Wilmington for the first 5 
years of the license for purposes of bill payment, equipment exchange 
and customer inquiries. For the second 5 years of the license, MediaOne 
shall be obligated, at a minimum, to provide the means for equipment 
replacement /exchange to occur locally. 

Standards for telephone access to customer service representatives and 
the provision of an answering service to receive inquiries after 
business hours. 

Requirement that MediaOne continue to earmark 5% of its gross annual 
revenues to WCTV for the provision of local access programming. 

Local access payments totaling $210,000 to enable WCTV to purchase new 
equipment and defray the cost of relocating to a new facility. 

Construction of a 550 MHz institutional network connected to all 
municipal buildings. The network will enable town departments in 
different locations to transmit data between computers. 

Following the award of the cable renewal license, the Task Force was 
reorganized by the Board of Selectmen. The size of the committee has been 
reduced to five members, including the Assistant Town Manager, the Executive 
Director of WCTV, the Director of Administration and Finance from the School 
Department and two residents. 



Board of Health 

The Board of Health consists of three members appointed by the Town Manager 
for three year terms . The office of the Board of Health is located in the 
Town Hall in Room #5 and the Public Health Nurse's office is located off the 
foyer of the Town Hall. Serving on the Board in 1997 were Chairman James 
Ficociello, D.D.S., Milton Calder, Sr., Mr. Stephen Peterson served on the 
Board until he was appointed to the School Committee. Mr. James Mahoney was 
appointed to fill that position. The Director of Public Health is Gregory 
Erickson, R.S., C.H.O. The Health Inspector is Ms. Shelly DelGenio, C.E.H.T., 
and the Public Health Nurse is Ann FitzGerald, R.N. The Animal Inspector is 
Ellen Davis. The secretarial staff (which is shared with the Inspector of 
Buildings and Board of Appeals) consists of Joan Goulet, Toni LaRivee and 
Wendy Martiniello. 

Field inspections included restaurants, retail food stores, cafeterias in 
industrial buildings and in the schools, mobile food trucks, ice cream trucks, 
the Fourth of July activities, caterers, the Farm Stand and other temporary 
food stands such as at athletic events. Other duties are percolation tests, 
soil evaluations, subsurface sewage disposal inspections, nuisance complaints, 
hazardous waste spills, leaking underground storage tanks, housing 
inspections, lead paint determinations, smoking and tobacco law enforcement, 
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The administrative duties of the office include the licensing and the 
enforcement of many of the above items, including issuing permits, enforcement 
orders, issuing citations, holding hearings, attending meetings and court 
actions. Other administrative duties include the creation of health or risk 
prevention programs and distributing information on various health issues. 

The Board of Health was awarded a grant of $22,064 by the Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health for the continuation of the Tobacco Control 
Program. This program employs a part-time director and clerk and has as its 
goal the reduction of tobacco use in the Town of Wilmington by 50% by the year 
1999. 

Our radon detection and survey program continues to provide low cost radon 
kits for the public as a result of an ongoing two year contract wherein 
residents of the Town of Wilmington have been able to purchase radon detection 
test kits (2 tests per kit) for $17.00 at the office of the Board of Health 
and receive important information for the reduction of radon and the 
associated risk of lung cancer by the radiation effects of radon gas. 

A total of 34 9 animals were vaccinated at the annual rabies clinic for dogs 
and cats during Rabies Awareness Week in May. 

The Public Health Nurse and Linda Kanter, R.N. , Tobacco Control Program 
Director, co-sponsored a town-wide health fair in September with Sun Care 
Corporation (Wilmington Woods Nursing Home) and Cooperative Elder Service 
Incorporated. The nurse participated in Expo 1997, three senior health events 
at Deming Way, assisted in skin and prostate screenings hosted at Winchester 
Hospital Family Medical Center. She was a panelist on two programs "To Your 
Health" video series, children's health needs and adolescent health issues 
relating to sexually transmitted diseases, primarily Hepatitis B and AIDS 
(HIV). Co-sponsors of the series are WCTV, Winchester Hospital, Wilmington 
Round Table and Wilmington Board of Health. 

The pediatric program with Wilmington Pediatrics, which provides information 
on insurance for children, free immunizations and lead testing, remains in 
effect. Adolescent Hepatitis B immunizations were given to juniors and 
seniors at Wilmington High School. Seniors also received T.D., Mantoux and 
M.M.R. immunizations. Medicare B insurance reimbursed the Board of Health for 
flu and pneumonia vaccines received by seniors 65 and older. There were three 
confirmed cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at the middle schools. There 
was no other significant communicable disease outbreak. Dog bites remain a 
problem . 

The public health nurse continues to participate in the Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health Community Health Network #15 whose goal is to 
increase the public awareness on the devastating social, economic, emotional 
issues of domestic violence. The network provided a grant to Wilmington High 
School for performance of "The Yellow Dress" a program addressing teen dating 
violence. The nurse attended a conference for health professionals related to 
community issues on domestic violence. Other workshops attended include 
cardiovascular health, depressions in elderly and immunization issues. In 
July the DT60 Analyzer was replaced by Cholestech L.D.X. System used for high 
density and total cholesterol and glucose screening. Forty-seven participants 
were screened in 1997. 



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A. Communicable Disease Control : 

1. Immunizations administered 77 
Office-Flu vaccinations administered 248 
Home-Flu vaccinations administered 37 
Clinic- Flu vaccinations administered 891 
Pneumovax administered 48 
Hepatitis B vaccinations administered 648 
Fees Collected (Medicare B) $1,782.24 
Flu distributed 600 

2. Communicable Diseases Reported 66 
Home Visits 

3. Tuberculosis Cases 
Office Visits 106 
Home Visits 1 

B . Public Health Nursing : 

1. Premature births/Newborn Report 

2. Morbidity-V.N. A. Calls/Office Visits 16 

3. General Health Supervision/Home Visits 146 
Office Visits (injections, weights) 93 
Telephone/Health Conference Call 164 

4. Hypertension Screening-Office Visits 360 

5. Diabetic Screening-Office Visits 28 
Fees Collected $28.00 

6. Skin Screening 28 
Hearing and Vision 7 
Blood Pressure 79 
Mantoux 50 

7. Senior Counseling/Drop- In Center 

Number of Sessions 46 

Hypertension Screening 840 

Diabetic Screening 30 

General Health (injections) 6 

Deming Way - Hypertension Screening 86 
Fees Collected $30.00 

8. Blood Lead Testing 5 

9. Blood Analyzer Testing Clients 47 
Total number of tests 101 
Fees Collected $346.00 

10. Meetings 61 



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11. Vaccine Distribution 77 

12. TOTAL FEES COLLECTED $2,186.24 

C . Environmental Health: 

1. Transport/Haulers $4,600.00 
Stables 640.00 
Miscellaneous permits 2,190.00 
Percolation testing 10,100.00 
Sewage system permit 21,600.00 
Food establishment permits 7,955.00 
Installers permits 3,300.00 
Sub-Divisions reviews 700.00 
Massage Therapy/Funeral Directors 700.00 
Copies 23.80 
Court witness fees 
Nurse's total fee's collected 2,186.24 

TOTAL FEES COLLECTED $53,995.04 

2. Meetings Attended 103 

3. Disposal Works Construction Inspections 291 

4. No. of Septic Plans Reviewed/NEW 72 

5. No. of Septic Plans Reviewed/REPAIRS 132 

6. Food Establishment Inspections 

Food Service Inspection 61 

Retail Food 30 

Residential Kitchen 1 

Mobile Food 8 

7. Food Establishment Re- Inspections 

Food Service 24 

Retail Food 11 

Residential Kitchen 

Mobile Food 

8. Nuisance Complaint Inspections 34 

9. Nuisance Complaint Re- Inspections 26 

10. Housing Inspections 7 

11. Housing Re- Inspections 7 

12. Percolation Tests 212 

13 . Court Appearances 5 



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14. Hazardous Waste Investigations 

15. Camp Inspections 1 

16. Miscellaneous Inspections 52 

17. Lead Inspections 

18. Tobacco Control Program Inspections 65 

19. Title 5 Inspection Reports Received 189 



Housing Authority 

The Wilmington Housing Authority, organized in 1951, operates under the 
provisions of Chapter 121B of Massachusetts General Laws, Section VIII, 24CFR 
(Code of Federal Regulations) ; Chapter 30B of the State Procurement Law and 
State and Federal Code of Ethics. All state and federal programs are audited 
on an annual basis. A five-member Board of Commissioners, consisting of four 
elected and one state appointed member, oversees the Authority's policies and 
procedures. The Executive Director is charged with the administration of 
these procedures . 

The Authority, originally consisting of 40 units of housing, is now providing 
affordable housing for 72 seniors and 13 units of affordable family housing. 
As always, the Authority gives first preference for housing to Wilmington 
residents. The Authority also services the Federal Section 8 Certificate 
Program. 

The senior citizen population of 60 years of age and over is the fastest 
growing population today and this poses a problem in providing enough housing 
for those seniors in failing health who cannot live totally independently, but 
who should not be placed in a nursing home. The Wilmington Housing 
Authority's tenants, in conjunction with Minuteman Home Care, receive home 
care and other social services in an effort to assist them to live 
independently. However, more is needed and another program currently being 
pursued by the Authority is housing for frail elders, which would provide 
housing, meals, medical care and other services, while allowing seniors to 
maintain private quarters . 

There were numerous vacancies in 1997 for the Senior Housing Development. 
However, there were no vacancies in the low income properties and they are 
currently 100% leased. New hot water tanks and boilers were installed for our 
seniors at Deming Way and Deming Way extension. In 1997, in conjunction with 
Colonial Gas Company's Small/Medium Commercial and Industrial Partners in 
Energy Efficiency Program, new high efficiency boilers were installed for the 
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The Share Program was instituted in 1993 and since that time has doubled in 
size. A great deal of thanks to Dot Butler, Grace Rosa and Anna Stanley, the 
organizers of this program and to the many seniors and other community 
activists who make this program work. 

The Wilmington Housing Authority and its Board of Commissioners would like to 
express our appreciation to the Wilmington Fire Department and Police 
Department for responding promptly in the many life threatening situations 
that we unfortunately have. We would also like to extend our appreciation to 
the Wilmington Department of Public Works for their assistance in keeping our 
roads clear during the inclement weather. Also to Michael Caira, Town Manager 
and all the town employees who bring a better quality of living to all our 
tenants . 

BOARD MEMBERS EXPIRATION OF TERM 

Lillian Hupper, Chairman April 2000 

Charles Fiore, Jr., Vice Chairman April 1998 

Dorothy Butler, Treasurer April 1998 

Robert DiPasquale, Vice Treasurer/State Appointee March 1998 

Melvin Keough, Secretary April 2001 



Veterans' Services 



Veterans' Services is governed by the General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 
115, as amended, with strict compliance to this chapter, the rules and 
policies of which govern the disbursement of aid. 

Benefits are for the needy veteran and his immediate family who have been 
subject to unforeseen needs. Final approval of benefits comes from the 
Commissioner of Veterans' Services, Boston, MA. 

Total expended for aid to veterans and their families for the entire year was 
$12,340. The balance of the first six months of 1997 from previous 
appropriations was $660; total available funds beginning on July 1, 1997 was 
$13, 000. 

Additional benefits expended by the Veterans' Affairs Administration directly 
to the veteran population in Wilmington was $1,245,000 for the fiscal year 
ending June 30, 1997, which represents the amount of tax dollars not required 
to be expended for those who because of circumstances find it necessary to 
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Town Counsel 



On January 1, 1997, there were pending the following actions by or against the 
town (exclusive of actions in which the Town was merely summoned as trustee, 
and in which it had no interest, and of tax lien foreclosure proceedings in 
the Land Court and petitions for abatement before the Appellate Tax Board*) . 

Fosters Pond Improvement Association, Inc. et al v. Aldo Caira, et al , 
Middlesex Superior Court #78-4771 (action in the nature of certiorari re 
decision of Board of Selectmen granting earth removal permit) 

Town of Wilmington v. Robert Corey, aka, et al, Middlesex Superior Court 
(complaint alleging violation of Town Zoning By-Law and Inland Wetland Act) 

Dianna Holmes, et al v. Town of Wilmington , Suffolk Superior Court #54601 
(complaint for discrimination in violation of Chapter 151B) 

Ruth E. Marranzini, et al v. Bruce MacDonald, et al , Middlesex Superior Court 
(appeal from the decision of the Board of Appeals) 

William Baldwin, ppa, et al v. Town of Wilmington , Middlesex Superior Court 
#85-676 (claim for personal injury) 

Ralph Fiore Bus Service, Inc. v. Town of Wilmington, et al , Middlesex Superior 
Court #85-3048 (complaint under Mass. Antitrust Act, G.L.c.93) 

Joyce Corey v. Town of Wilmington, et al, Middlesex Superior Court #86-146W 
(claim for violation of civil rights and injunctive relief) 

James Bruce, Administrator, et al v. Clifford A. Singelais, et al Middlesex 
Superior Court #87-0838 (third party tort action for claim of negligence) 

Michelle A. Carbone, ppa, et al v. William Clifford, Administrator of the 
Estate of Mary E. Clifford v. Town of Wilmington, et al , Middlesex Superior 
Court (action for wrongful death pursuant to G.L.c.22 9, s.2 and third party 
claim G . L . c . 231B) 

Charles Sullivan v. Bruce MacDonald, et al , Land Court (transferred from 
Middlesex Superior Court /appeal from decision of Board of Appeals) 

Max Johnson v. Bruce MacDonald, et al . Land Court (transferred from Middlesex 
Superior Court/appeal from decision of Board of Appeals) 

Richard Stuart, Trustee, et al v. Board of Appeals of the Town of Wilmington , 
Land Court #42097 (appeal of decisions of Board of Appeals denying 
reconsideration of a prior decision, denial of variances and denial of 
applications concerning Official Map (c.41, S.81E)) 

Scott C. Reinhold v. Town of Wilmington, et al , Middlesex Superior Court #91- 
4078 (tort complaint for damages alleging tortious acts by the Wilmington 
Police Department) 



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Priscilla Collins, Administratrix De Bonis Non of the Estate of Joseph James 
Roy V. Town of Wilmington , Middlesex Superior Court #92-4695 (action for 
personal injury) 

Joseph P. McMenimen, et al v. Wilmington Arboretum Apts . , et al , Middlesex 
Superior Court #92-6822 (appeal from further decision of Housing Appeals 
Committee) 

Mildred F. Woods, et al v. Town of Wilmington , Appeals Court #97-P-0080 
(petition to determine zoning relevancy/appealed to the Appeals Court) 
consolidated with the case of 

Robert McSweeney v. Bruce MacDonald, et al , Appeals Court #97-P-57 (action 
for appeal of a decision of the Board of Appeals and claims under 
Massachusetts Constitution and Title 42, section 1983, U. S . C . /appealed to the 
Appeals Court) (appeals stayed at the Appeals Court pending Court imposed 
mediation) 

Presidential Development Corporation, et al v. Wilmington Planning Board , Land 
Court (appeal of a decision of the Planning Board pursuant to G.L.c.41, 
s . 81BB) 

Ruth Tkachuk, , et al v. Wilmington Board of Appeals, et al, . Land Court 
Department #195418 CDJ, ZJA, ZJB (action for zoning relief) 

Mary Nelson v. Louis Farkas , et al , Middlesex Superior Court #94-2516 
(complaint for judicial review of zoning decision) 

Joanne M. Cuoco, et al v. Gregory Erickson, et al , Woburn District Court 
#945CV1090 (appeal from decision of Board of Health) 

Town of Reading Municipal Light Department v. Town of Wilmington, et al , 
Middlesex Superior Court #95-0534A (action to compel the town to implement 
electric light liens on town residents) 

New England Landevelopment , Inc. v. Board of Appeals , Land Court #219125 
(action pursuant to G.L.C.40A, s.l7 for judicial review of a Board of Appeals' 
decision) 

New England Landevelopment, Inc. v. Board of Appeals , Land Court #219126 
(action pursuant to G.L.C.40A, s.l7 for judicial review of a Board of Appeals' 
decision) 

AFSCME , Council 93, AFL-CIO (John Reese) and Town of Wilmington , American 
Arbitration Association #11 390 01992 96 (claim of grievance for working out 
of classification) 

William E. Leatham, III, et ux v. Town of Wilmington, et al, Middlesex 
Superior Court #95-4539 (complaint in ten counts alleging negligence and other 
matters contained in the complaint) 

Town of Wilmington v. J. Tropeano, Inc., et al , Middlesex Superior Court 
#9553CV0829 (action against general contractor and suit on the bond) 



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state Ethics Commission v. Arthur R. Smith, Jr. , State Ethics Commission No. 
522 (hearing on alleged violation of ethics violation) 

State Ethics Commission v. James Russo , State Ethics Commission No. 523 
(hearing on alleged violation of ethics violation) 

Lorinda Kacamburas v. Town of Wilmington , Middlesex Superior Court #95-5542 
(claim for personal injury) 

Albert A. Cuoco, et al v. Tovm of Wilmincrton, et al . Land Court #226211 
(petition for Declaratory Judgment or to Remove Cloud on Title) 

James Piro v. Board of Selectmen of the Town of Wilmincrton , Woburn District 
Court #9653CV0320 (petition for Review Under G.L. c.l40, s.157) 

Therman L. Wilson, et al v. Officers Richter and Bossi , Middlesex Superior 
Court #96-1579 (claim for violation of Title 42, section 1983, et al) 

Esis, Inc. and Amtrack v. Town of Wilmington , Quincy District Court #96CV0804 
(claims for property damage and personal damage) 

Jarrett Amicone v. Town of Wilmington, et al , Middlesex Superior Court #95- 
5760 (complaint for alleged violation of state and federal civil rights and 
assault and battery and ancillary damages) 

Brandon Cave v. Town of Wilmington , Middlesex Superor Court #96-5017 (claim 
for personal injury) 

New England Landevelopment , Inc. v. Board of Appeals , Land Court #231224 
(action pursuant to G.L.c.41, s.BlBB for judicial review of a Planning Board 
decision) 

Zeneca Inc. v. Daniel R. Stewart, et al , Middlesex Superior Court #96-5584 
(action for declaratory judgment and claim pursuant to administrative 
procedure act) 

Zeneca Inc. v. Daniel R. Stewart, et al . State Fire Marshall's Office (appeal 
of cease and desist order) 

James Joseph Randall, et ux v. Daniel P. Murphy, et al. Land Court #231644 
(claim for declaratory judgment and adjudication of rights concerning so- 
called paper street) 

Kevin F. MacDonald v. Town of Wilmington Planning Board , Middlesex Superior 
Court #96-6416 (complaint for equitable relief concerning surety bond filed 
pursuant to G.L. c.4l, s.BlU) 

Arthur R. Smith, Jr. v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Ethics Commission , 
Middlesex Superior Court #96-6682 (motion by the Town to intervene, allowed) 

Robert E. Vassallo, Jr., v. Town of Wilmington, et al . Civil Service 
Commission (claim of appeal pursuant to G.L. c.31, s.41 and claim of appeal 
pursuant to G.L. c.31, s.43) 



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* There are pending as of January 1, 1998, separate petitions for abatements 
before the Appellate Tax Board, many involving claims for several different 
years . 

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During the year 1997, the following new actions were brought against the Town 
of Wilmington or its officers or agents: 

Robert E. Vassallo, Jr., v. Town of Wilmington, et al , American Arbitration 
Association (claim for grievance re suspension) 

AFSCME Council 93, AFL-CIO and Town of Wilmington , American Arbitration 
Association (claim of grievance for Robert Mauriello - overtime pay) 

David L. Bachman v. Town of Wilmington, et al , United States District Court, 
Civil 

Case #97-l0365NG (miscellanous allegations of misconduct) 

81 FF Realty Trust v. Town of Wilmington Planning Board and its Director , Land 
Court #236153 (appeal of Planning Board decision) 

81 FF Realty Trust, Roger Nelson v. Town of Wilmington Board of Appeals and 
Building Inspector , Land Court #237235 (complaint for judicial review of a 
decision of the Board of Appeals and Building Inspector) 

George Nelson v. Town of Wilmington Board of Appeals and Building Inspector , 
Land Court #237236 (complaint for judicial review of a decision of the Board 
of Appeals and Building Inspector) 

Mary Nelson v. Town of Wilmington Board of Appeals and Building Inspector , 
Land Court #237237 (complaint for judicial review of a decision of the Board 
of Appeals and Building Inspector) 

AFSCME Council 93, AFL-CIO, Local 1703 and Town of Wilmington , American 
Arbitration Association (claim of grievance for Class Action - sick leave 
bank) 

Lawrence F. Howe v. The Town of Wilmington and Nancy Jane Slater , Land Court 
No. 240631 (Petition for Declaratory Judgment To Remove Cloud on Title) 

AFSCME Council 93, AFL-CIO, Local 1703 and Town of Wilmington , American 
Arbitration Association (claim for grievance for Ray Parker, Jr. - bypassed 
for overtime) 

David Doucette and Linda Doucette v. Charles E. Boyle, et al . , Middlesex 
Superior Court #97-4669 (Zoning Appeal) 



AFSCME Council 93 (Local 1703) and Town of Wilmington , American Arbitration 
Association (claim of grievance for Class Action - Alarm Duties) 



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Michael Stuart a/k/a Michael T. Stuart, et al . v. Town of WilminQton , Land 
Court No. 37162-S-1996-11; 36146-S-1996-10 ; 231790 Misc. Case (rights in 
Claremont Street, Wilmington, MA) 

Colonial Gas Company of Lowell, Middlesex County v. Town of Wilmington, 
Wilmington, MA; Robert P. Palmer of Wilmington, Middlesex County , Middlesex 
Superior Court No. 97-5048 (seeks declaratory and injunctive relief against 
town for street openings) 

Christine Bramante and Howard M. Cohen v. Superintendant Geraldine O'Donnell 
and Town of Wilmington , Middlesex Superior Court #97-5683 (complaint 
concerning bus location) (defense to be provided by School Committee counsel) 

Priscilla Carciofi v. Town of Wilmington , Lowell District Court #97-llCV-27l3 
(complaint concerning money owed to her for being mini-bus driver for the Town 
of Wilmington) (defense to be provided by School Committee counsel and 
insurance company) 

New England Landevelopment , Inc. v. Board of Appeals, et al . , Land Court 
Department #243915 (complaint for judicial review of decision of the Board of 
Appeals) 

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During the year 1997, the following actions by or against the Town were 
disposed of: 

Joseph P. McMenimen, et al v. Wilmington Arboretum Apts . , et al , Middlesex 
Superior Court #92-6822 (decision of Appeals Court allowing construction of 
MHFA housing (limited dividend) ) 

Town of Reading Municipal Light Department v. Town of Wilmington, et al , 
Middlesex Superior Court #95-0534A (decision of Superior Court requiring town 
to enforce liens) 

Town of Wilmington v. J. Tropeano, Inc., et al , Middlesex Superior Court 
#9553CV0829 (disposed of by settlement and payment to the Town of Wilmington 
in the amount of $5,000.) 

Robert E. Vassallo, Jr., v. Town of Wilmington, et al . Civil Service 
Commission (claim dismissed by Civil Service Commission; hearing before 
Arbitrator resulted in letter in personnel file) 

Lorinda Kacamburas v. Town of Wilmington , Middlesex Superior Court #95-5542 
(disposed of by settlement by insurer in the amount of $60,000.) 

AFSCME, Council 93, AFL-CIO (John Reese) and Town of Wilmington , American 
Arbitration Association #11 390 01992 96 (disposed of award of Arbitrator that 
the town did not violate Article 12 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement) 

David L. Bachman v. Town of Wilmington, et al , United States District Court, 
Civil Case #97-10365NG (disposed of by allowance of Motion For Summary 
Judgment - case dismissed) 



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Wilmington Fire Fighters, I.A.F.F., Local 1370 (Edmund Corcoran) v. Town of 
Wilmington , Labor Relations Commission # MUP-1795 (disposed of by dismissal by 
the Grievant) 

AFSCME Council 93, Local 1703 and Town of Wilmington , American Arbitration 
Association, Robert Seiple, Sr. (disposed of by withdrawal of the Grievant) 

Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency v. Town of Wilmington, acting by and 
through its Small Cities Housing Rehabilitation Program, et al . Middlesex 
Superior Court #97-01996 (disposed of by release of $16,557.15 to Ford 
Consumer Finance Company, Inc., primary lienor) 

Jarrett Amicone v. Town of Wilmington, et al , Middlesex Superior Court #95- 
5760 (disposed of by settlement at the request of the insurer without an 
admission of liability) 

Therman L. Wilson, et al v. Officers Richter and Bossi , Middlesex Superior 
Court #96-1579 (disposed of by settlement at the request of the insurer 
without an admission of liability) 



Historical Commission 



The spring and summer of 1997 found the Historical Commission working toward 
their goal of the town purchasing a substantial collection of Wilmington 
historical memorabilia dating back to the 18"'' century. In July the 
Historical Commission hosted a public display of this material in the Town 
Hall. Thanks to the Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, Board of Selectmen 
and Finance Committee this material, now known as the "Bond Collection," is in 
the Bicentennial Room of the library. Two display cases exhibit a small 
portion of the material. Several photos will appear in a book to be published 
in 1998. The majority of the memorabilia is being cataloged and readied for 
archival preservation. 

The Historical Commission along 
with the Wilmington Kiwanis helped 
Gerry O'Reilly in the publication 
of his second book, SILVER LAKE 
REVISITED. 



The Commission received donations 
from the following: An 1868 
Eastlake organ from Arthur Zaino; 
tools from Jim Durkee; the Burgess 
family donated photos and books; 
Jay Tighe and Elizabeth Barrett 
also donated Wilmington related 
books . 




The Town purchased a siibslanlial collection of 
Wilmington historical meinorahilia dating hack 
to the 18th century: 



Carolyn Harris represented the Historical Commission at the Friends of the 
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The Colonel Joshua Harnden Tavern is open for free tours on the first Sunday 
of the month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Commission hosted students and civic 
groups on private tours of the Tavern. The Massachusetts Council of Minutemen 
now hold their monthly meeting at the Harnden Tavern. 

The Historical Commission sponsored two special programs at the Harnden 
Tavern. One was a beer making demonstration by the Middlesex Brewery. The 
other was a Tea and Quilt Display. 

The Friends of the Harnden Tavern held a Harvest Festival and Christmas Social 
at the Tavern. 

Memberships in the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic 
Massachusetts have been renewed. 

The Historical Commission thanks the Public Buildings Department for their 
continued efforts to preserve the old West School and Harnden Tavern. 

The Historical Commission meets on the second Monday of the month in the 
Harnden Tavern. 



Carter Lecture Fund 

Each year a program is presented for the enjoyment of the town's residents 
through the generosity of the late Sarah Carter who bequeathed money to the 
town for this purpose in 1910. 

The committee offers a lecture, musical or travelogue which they feel the 
general public will find informative and entertaining. On Wednesday, April 
30, 1997 a musical evening featuring Gail Rundlett, folk singer and dulcimer 
and guitar player, performed at the Barrow's Auditorium. Her musical group, 
Virtual Harmony, also accompanied her. 

In the spring of 1998 the committee will present another free program. 



Public Buildings Department 

The Public Buildings Department is responsible for the maintenance of all town 
and school buildings . We are responsible for the cleaning and sanitary 
conditions for town employees, school children and personnel and the general 
public . 

The following are the highlights of some of the projects completed during 
1997 . 

The Senior Citizen Center was given a fresh coat of paint . 

New section of roof on the Woburn Street School above cafeteria. 



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New section of roof on the 4'^'' of July building. 

Voting machines were programmed and set up for elections. 

High School gym and auditorium were set up for Town Meetings. 

Chairs and choral risers were moved from school to school for musical concerts 
and plays . 

Renovation was done to the West Intermediate School home economics area for an 
additional classroom. 



Renovation was done to the High School to accommodate the early childhood area 
to be moved from the Boutwell School to the High School . 

During the summer all schools were prepared for a successful opening in 
September . 

I gratefully acknowledge 
the support of the Board 
of Selectmen, Town 
Manager, Town Departments, 
School Administration and 
especially all the 
employees of the Public 
Buildings Department for 
their continued help, 
support and cooperation in 
making 1997 a productive 
year . 

Permanent Building Committee 



The Permanent Building 
Committee has been very 
busy so far this year. We 
have recommended, and the 
town has hired, a Project 
Manager to help us oversee 
the design and 
construction of both the 
new middle school and the 
public safety building. 




Continuing Town efforts to preserve buildings of historic 
importance, a section of roof at the Old West Schoolhouse 
was replaced. 



We have also recommended two architects, which the town has hired, one for the 
new middle school and one for the public safety building to start looking at 
programmatic and site issues and start preliminary designs. Many meetings 
have been attended with both architects and school and town officials to keep 
both projects on tract. 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, 
Town Departments, School Administration and especially the people of 
Wilmington. Together we look ahead to the completion of these much needed 
projects . 



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Recreation Department 



The Recreation Department completed its 27th year with a full-time Director. 
Along with a full-time Director is a full-time Senior Clerk. The department 
office is located in Room 8 in Town Hall. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Assisting the department is the Recreation Commission. This volunteer board, 
which was formed in 1953, acts in an advisory and policy making capacity. 
Members are: Jay Tighe, Chairman; William Savosik, Vice Chairman; Debra Gray, 
Secretary; Larry Noel and Charles Burns. Commissioners are active in such 
various related groups as Master Plan Advisory Committee, Lions Club, Elks, 
Girl Scouts and other organizations. 

Even though the Recreation Department remains small, with only two full-time 
employees, it represents the second largest industry (leisure) in our country. 
Over 6 part-time employees, along with many volunteers, help run the 
department's programs. The department offers, on a year round basis, an ever- 
changing slate of activities for all ages of local citizens. 

We keep in mind the following guidelines as we plan recreation opportunities 
for the town: 

• provide opportunities for self-expression 

• offer programs which develop a sense of personal worth 

• provide activities that allow for personal achievement and accomplishment 

• provide activities that are fun and enjoyable 

• provide physical activities which are new and different, offering a certain 
amount of challenge to participants 

• teach skills in various activities that will have carryover value in later 
life 

• provide a variety of healthy and diversified programs 

• make programs as accessible to all as possible 

A local recreation survey taken a few years ago provided valuable information 
and direction. Survey results showed that: a) respondents placed recreation 
as a high priority public service, b) our dependence upon user fees with tax 
support is the desired way of financing the department, c) most respondents 
participate in a recreation program, d) age groups, in order, needing more 
recreation are junior high age, middle age then pre -school. 

Our departmental funding comes from a variety of sources . The town 
appropriated budget provides for a full-time director and clerk, a summer 
special needs day camp and some supplies. Program fees and donations heavily 
supplement the town funded budget. We are pleased with our continued ability 
to offer high quality programs at very reasonable costs. We are able to do 
this because we utilize fund raising methods which are services too. These 
services are: various trips and programs. Town Hall Pepsi and snack machine, 
sale of Wilmington sweatshirts and t-shirts, sale of Entertainment Books, sale 
of Ski Books and canoe rental. Shawsheen Tech sometimes helps us with 
printing and related services. Volunteers, as always, play a key role in 
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volunteers in varying capacities in many of our programs. They provide a 
valuable service and gain much themselves in this capacity. This past year we 
had 100 hours of service from a senior citizen who participated in the 
property tax work-off program. We also receive much help from local 
businesses and organizations. Some of these invaluable contributors are: 
Lions Club, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Arts Council, Wilmington Town 
Employees Association, Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks, Papa Ginos, Knights of 
Columbus, Police Association, Custodial Union, Dunkin Donuts, Analog Devices, 
Stelio's Restaurant, F & R Auto Supply, Constant Temperature Systems, 
McDonald's, Burger King, Sweetheart Cup, Dandi-Lyons, Auxiliary Police, Pepsi 
Cola, DeMoulas, Textron, Lightolier, MASSBANK for Savings, Shriners, Agfa and 
Ski Haus . We continue to search for new and innovative ways to generate 
needed funds to keep costs low for the consumer. 

The Recreation Department is involved, in varying degrees, with other 
recreation oriented groups. In this capacity we serve as a quasi-consulting 
agency. We also loan recreation equipment to families and groups for various 
functions. We program use of the Shawsheen Tech pool for scouts and other 
groups. We also use this pool for our summer swim lessons program. We are a 
handy information source and referral agency answering a wide variety and a 
large number of questions every day. 



Our basic 
programs were : 
Santa' s 
Workshop, 
Horribles 
Parade , 
Basketball 
League (WRBL) , 
Adult Gym, 
Swimming 
Lessons, CPR, 
Gymnastics , 
Aerobics , 
Cinema 
Discounts , 
Discounts to 
Other 
Commercial 
Recreation 
Enterprises , 
Discount 
Coupons, Disney 
on Ice at 
FleetCenter , 
Florida 

Discounts, T-Ball, Easter Egg Hunt, Circus Tickets at FleetCenter, Bruins 
Tickets, Summer Playgrounds, Tiny Tots, Fun With Music, Special Needs Day 
Camp, Public Beach Lifeguard Supervision, Canoe Rental, Tennis Lessons, 
Concerts on the Common, Fishing Derby, Co-ed Volleyball, Free Loan of Fishing, 
Canoeing, Disney, Soccer, Aerobics, Hawaii and other VCR tapes, Video Camp, 
Guitar Lessons, Intermediate Ice Skating Party, Police Association Beach Day, 
Easter Coloring Contest, Sale of Entertainment Discount Books, Special Needs 




Everybody loves a tea party! One of the Recreation Department's new offerings for J 997. 



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Trips to the Shriners Rodeo and Circus, Ballroom and Country Western Dancing 
Lessons, Childrens Tea Parties, Weird Science Workshops, Kinder Karate, Junior 
Basketball, Topsfield Fair Tickets, Rafting, Big "E" Tickets, Sale of Ski 
Discount Books, Summer Youth Basketball League and Clinics, Golf Lessons, 
Letters from Santa, Town Park Softball Leagues, Sale of Tickets to Water 
Country, Baby Sitting Course, Kids Craft Classes, Adult Craft Classes, Jr. and 
Intermediate Bowling Leagues and Flower Show Tickets. Our trips continue to 
grow in popularity. Day trips included: Flower Show, Olympic Figure Skating 
Show, Old Deerfield, Boston Duck Tours, N.E. Revolution Soccer, Newport, 
Christmas Shopping in New York City, Other Trips to New York City, Cranes 
Beach Sand Castle Day, Red Sox, Fall River Shopping, Connecticut Casinos 
(Ledyard and Mohegan Sun), Provincetown Cruise/Whale Watch and Nantucket. 
Theatre trips included: Boston Pops, Riverdance, Christmas Carol, King and I, 
Nutcracker, Blue Man Group, Cinderella, Showboat and Les Miserables . During 
the summer we took playground, tiny tots and special needs camp participants 
on many field trip excursions. Overnight trips included: Atlantic City, Las 
Vegas, St. Patrick's Overnight Party in NH, Montreal, Six Flags, Villa Roma 
Resort (NY) and Vermont Fall Foliage. We even took 46 adventurers to Alaska 
in July. 

We try to remain versatile and receptive to new ideas and trends. Due to 
change in demand and other factors, we change our offerings to the tune of 
10 - 20% each year. We continue to see an increase in the number of 
participants in many of our programs especially youth programs. Our trips for 
seniors, adults and families provide much needed revenue. These trips are in 
great demand also. Arts and crafts programs for children and adults continue 
to expand too. We expanded our playground and tiny tots programs this past 
summer . 

Some other groups that offer leisure type programs in Wilmington are: Little 
League, Elderly Services Department, Youth Hockey, Pop Warner, Figure Skating 
Club, Square Dancing, Youth Soccer, July 4th Committee, Community Schools, 
Council for the Arts, Scouts, Campfire and the Skating Rink. Schools and 
churches round out the active recreation picture. The independent Youth 
Center at St. Thomas is a big plus for teens. 

The lack of commercial recreation in Wilmington, such as bowling centers and 
movie theatres and the lack of agencies such as YMCA' s and Boys/Girls Clubs 
stress the importance of town support for this Department, especially now with 
a growing youth population and a growing demand for recreation opportunities. 




Fishing on Silver Lake — a favorite summer activity. 



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Library 



In accordance with the By-laws of the Town of Wilmington, the Memorial 
Library's Annual Report for 1997, with accompanying statistics, is herewith 
submitted . 

On a beautiful June summer evening, hundreds of residents came to the Town 
Common to "Celebrate the Library! " This gala event kicked off the 1997 annual 
Summer Reading Club with the theme of "Celebration." Library staff. Friends 
of the Library, volunteers and various town departments contributed to the 
success of this program symbolizing the spirit of library service and 
community support for the library in 1997. 

The most evident indication this past year of community support for its public 
library was the official organization of "The Friends of the Wilmington 
Memorial Library. " The organizational process started in early spring with a 
small but energetic and committed group of library patrons. The year ended 
with 8 5 members, more than half way to the Friends' goal of 150 members 
by May 1998. The Friends provided refreshments, prizes and volunteer support 
for the June 19 "Celebrate the Library" program on the Town Common. The 
Friends enhanced the Children's Department Summer Reading Club Programs by 
providing refreshments, supplies and volunteer help. Delicious refreshments 
were also provided by the Friends at a Poetry Reading in April and a Reception 
for Teachers in September. The Friends presented "Times Gone By and Apple 
Pie," their first program for adults in October. A panel of long time 
Wilmington residents shared their memories of Wilmington as it was years ago. 
In keeping with the spirit of the season and the historical Baldwin apple, the 
Friends served homemade apple pie. In December, the Friends decorated the 
library for the holiday season and gave the library a Christmas gift of book 
bags for the Children's Department. The Friends also began planning and 
gathering books for their first annual book sale to be held on July 4, 1998. 

On September 25, at their first membership meeting, the Friends adopted by- 
laws and elected the following officers: President, Karen Campbell; Vice 
President, Pat Banda; Clerk/Recording Secretary, Terry McDermott; 
Corresponding Secretary, Christine Haurey; Treasurer, Janet Cahill; Publicity, 
Lisa Crispin; Hospitality Chairman, Kate Leduc and Membership Chairman, 
Barbara Hooper. With the organization of Friends of the Library, a major goal 
of the library's Long Range Plan was realized. They have made, and will 
continue to make, a difference in the quality of library service that can be 
provided to the community. 

The Board of Library Trustees is acknowledged for their time and commitment to 
the library this past year. Town Manager Michael Caira appointed Lester White 
and Maureen Rounds to the Board in May. Appreciation is extended to outgoing 
trustees Patricia Duggan and Kenneth Miller for 15 years of service on the 
Board of Library Trustees. Mary Deislinger ably chaired the Board as of May 
1997. James Banda provided his legal expertise to the Friends in writing 
their by-laws. Martha Stevenson and Lester White worked with Library Director 
Tina Stewart in preparing a Request for Proposal for a Library Building 
Consultant. Maureen Rounds and Anne Buzzell serve as liaisons to the Friends 
Executive Board. Maureen Rounds, with Friends President Karen Campbell and 



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Library Director Tina Stewart, attended the joint conference of the 
Massachusetts Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Library Trustee 
Association in November. 

The library staff's service ethic and team work that contributed to the 
success of the "Celebrate the Library" program are what continues to make a 
positive impact on the quality of library service patrons receive daily. It 
is the staff that gives direction, organization and support to a collection of 
now over 90,000 items. It is the staff that assists people in navigating an 
increasingly complex information environment. It is the staff that develops 
and presents programs that fulfill the library's mission "to provide 
opportunities to discover and appreciate our cultural and historical heritage 
and foster the joys of reading and lifelong learning." The staff is commended 
for their continued hard work and dedication during 1997. 

The creative energy of the Children's Department staff was seen in the ongoing 
storytime programs and the special programs presented throughout the year. In 
keeping with the state-wide theme "Celebrate," Children's Librarian, Sharon 
Ruetenik and her staff presented a successful Summer Reading Club with weekly 
Wednesday programs including, "Christmas in July, " "a Teddy Bear Picnic, " "An 
American Girl Tea Party," "Pocket Wonders" and a "Birthday Celebration." In 
July, professional storyteller David Bates and singer Roger Ticknell presented 
the program, "Under One Sky: A Multicultural Celebration" funded by a grant 
from the Wilmington Arts Council. Family Story Time, a new read aloud program 
for children and their parents, was presented Thursday evenings during the 
summer and continued monthly in the fall with a seasonal theme. This well 
received series has provided working parents the opportunity to enjoy a 
library program together with their children. 

Changes in personnel took place in 1997. Children's Librarian Sharon Ruetenik 
resigned in November. Susan MacDonald, Assistant Children's Librarian for 23 
years, was appointed to the position of Children's Librarian. Karen Whitfield 
was appointed to the new full time position, Children's Circulation Assistant, 
in July. Patricia Carroll began working as a part-time Library Assistant in 
February. 




Lorraine Waterman, a participant in the Senior Work Program, assists youngsters during the 
"Celebrate the Library" program. 



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We acknowledge the valuable hours of service to the library provided by the 
two Senior Citizens who participated in the Town's Property Tax Work-Off 
Program. Mary Lunetta and Lorraine Waterman assisted Children's Department 
staff in preparing for the Summer Reading Club. They worked tirelessly 
helping children make "summer tossers" at the "Celebrate the Library" program 
on the Town Common. We also thank all the volunteers who gave their time to 
the library this past year. 

Community support for the library was also evidenced in an increase in 
monetary gifts from individuals and organizations. The Wilmington Lion's Club 
made a generous donation to enhance the collections which serve the visually 
impaired. We thank all the individuals who contributed to the library's 
Memorial Fund, especially the family of Robert Michelson who designated the 
library as the recipient of memorial gifts in his name. The library was able 
to acquire a new atlas and dictionary stand with donations from this fund. A 
monetary gift from the Wilmington Women's Club was used to purchase a puppet 
theater for the Children's Room "in honor of Sarah L. Rueter, " former 
Children's Librarian and Library Director. The popular museum pass program 
was sponsored by the following organizations: Wilmington Community Fund, 
Wilmington Elementary School PACS, Wilmington Council for the Arts and the 
Wilmington Garden Club. A special thanks to Pat Dennis for her time in 
coordinating the fundraising for the museum pass program. 

As the library continues to improve its collections and its services and 
provide varied programs of interest to all age groups, more residents are 
using the library. According to our electronic "people counter, " an average 
of 423 people visit the library daily! As we move toward the new millennium 
our agenda is large, but with the spirit of teamwork and community support 
evidenced in 1997, we are confident that the challenges will be met with 
enthusiasm and dedication to quality library service. 

LIBRARY STAFF 

Administration : 
Christina Stewart, Library Director 
Gloria Corcoran, PT Administrative Assistant 

Adult Services : 
Laura Hodgson, Reference and Adult Service Librarian 

Linda Callahan, Circulation Librarian 
Linda Berlik, Patricia Carroll, PT Library Assistants 
Eric Brassil, Justin Corrigan, Amanda Gustin, Anthony Szabo, 

PT Library Pages 

Children's Services: 
Susan MacDonald, Children's Librarian 
Karen Whitfield, Children's Circulation Assistant 
Arlene TenDyke, Story Hour Assistant 
Elizabeth Berlik, Benjamin DeGennaro, Alicia Kendall, 
Maya Persuad-Dubey , PT Library Pages 



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Technical Services: 
Laurel Toole, Head of Technical Services 
Anna Percuoco, Technical Services Assistant 
Dorothy Wiberg, Technical Services Assistant 



LIBRARY STATISTICS FOR 1997 

Hours Open Weekly 

Winter 56 

Monday through Saturday 9-5 

Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5-9 
Summer 48 

Monday through Friday 9-5 

Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5-9 

Population 20,886 

Registered Borrowers 15,015 

Number of Items in Collection 92,173 

Books 89,662 

Books on Tape 520 

Compact Discs 246 

Audio Cassettes 236 

Videos 683 

Miscellaneous 826 

Items per capita 4.41 

Subscriptions 

Newspapers 8 

Periodicals 164 

Microfilm 7 

Museum Passes 7 

Circulation 150,567 
Circulation per capita 7.21 

Interlibrary Loan 4,621 
From other libraries 1,936 
To other libraries 2,685 

Reserves 4,215 

Reference and Reader's Services 2 0,816 

Meeting Room Reservations 151 

Library Programs 157 

Pre-school 82 

Summer Reading Program 1 

Group visits 18 

Special programs 41 

Adult programs 15 



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Total attendance at programs 



4,681 
1, 392 
603 



Pre -school 

Summer Reading Program 
Group visits 
Special programs 
Adult programs 



2,227 
203 



256 



Exhibits and displays 

Children's Department 
Adult Department 



81 
48 
33 



Elderly Services 



The year 1997 was a very busy one for the Senior Citizen Center and our 
outreach program. We are proud of the many accomplishments which includes 
serving 1,528 seniors this year. 

On April 22, 1997, the seniors of Wilmington were recipients of a very 
generous donation. The Senior Commissioners, along with the Board of 
Selectmen and the Town Manager, Michael Caira, accepted a check for $33,116.00 
from the Son's of Italy. This money was donated to the Department of Elder 
Services for the purchase of a handicapped van. This very much needed 
handicapped van is equipped to handle two wheelchairs along with six other 
regular seats. We are able to take Wilmington seniors confined to wheelchairs 
to the Senior Center and medical appointments. The van continues to transport 
approximately 500 to 600 seniors a month to their medical appointments, 
shopping and to the senior center. 

We also have become more aware of the seniors out in the community due to our 
full-time respite care worker. She was able to visit 842 elders, provided 
them with one-on-one attention, brought them to medical appointments (which 
include cancer treatments, x-rays, blood tests and regular physicals) . She 
also assisted in filling out fuel applications and any other applications that 
are difficult to process. This position also plays a vital role in 
maintaining elders in their own homes. The respite care worker is able to 
make referrals to other outside agencies that can help provide services in the 
elder's home without having the need to go to a nursing home. 

Many weekly activities were available to the seniors of Wilmington this year. 
These activities include exercise classes, arts and crafts, art class 
(painting and drawing) , line dancing, sing-a-long groups, wood shop, bingo, 
nutritional inservice, ceramics, sewing, knitting and crocheting and card 
games. We are also fortunate to have the town nurse who visits weekly to 
provide blood pressure clinics, B-12 shots, diabetic screenings and provides 
cholesterol screening once a month. For seniors who are unable to make it to 
the center due to health ailments, she is able to make home visits. Other 
monthly services include a podiatrist, hearing aid specialist and the SHINE 
coordinator. Volunteer accountants from AARP come yearly to assist elders 
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Elders continue to receive home delivered meals. In 1997 there were 11,720 
meals served. The elders that are able to get out have the opportunity to 
congregate at the Wilmington High School for a hot lunch. This year they 
served 3,242 meals. 

This year we received many calls for financial and other needed assistance. 
Referrals were made to the Social Security Office, Welfare Office, Medicaid 
Office, Wilmington Housing Authority, Elder Legal Services, CTI for fuel and 
Minuteman Home Care . 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for their 
generous donations in 1997. Dunkin' Donuts for their year supply of donuts; 
Filter Fresh for their year supply of coffee and filters; Tewksbury/Wilmington 
Elks for their Thanksgiving Dinner Dance; Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs for their 
monthly donations to financially strapped seniors; the Lions Club for their 
annual catered dinner; William Cavanaugh, owner of Cavanaugh' s Funeral Home, 
for the yearly donation of 10 popular magazine subscriptions; Maple Meadow 
Gardens for their annual Christmas Tree and to all the clubs and businesses 
who donated heating oil to needy elderly residents. 

Thanks to the Town Manager, Michael Caira, and all town Department Heads for 
your help when requested. Thanks also to the seniors who volunteered hundreds 
of hours visiting lonely seniors in their homes, hospitals and nursing homes. 
For the volunteers who delivered holiday catered meals and all that came 
faithfully every week to the senior center to instruct classes and programs. 
Thanks also to those who gave their time and money in making the Senior 
Citizen Fair a success again this year. 




Kevin Caira and Gerald Pupa, of the Sons of Italy, present the keys for a handicapped accessible van to Elderly 
Services Director Edith Cunningham, Town Manager Michael A. Caira and Board of Selectmen Chairman 
Daniel C. Wandell. 



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At the end of 1997, Edith Cunningham will be retiring as Elderly Services 
Director, after 19 years of dedicated services to the seniors of Wilmington. 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for what she has done in 
making the Senior Center a success. Town Manager Michael Caira has appointed 
Theresa Marciello to the position of Elderly Services Director. 

Commission on Disabilities 

The Wilmington Commission on Disabilities is a commission established to 
address the issues and concerns of the disabled community, their families and 
other interested parties. 

A continuing project of the Commission is to insure an up-to-date Handicapped 
Resource Manual . The purpose of this manual is to provide to the community a 
complete reference of handicapped services. The Commission is in the process 
of doing its annual update and would like your assistance. Anyone interested 
in having services listed, or have a change in location, phone number or 
contact person, please feel free to contact any of the Commissioners. 

We have a continuing positive relationship with Wilmington's ADA Committee, 
Wilmington Committee for Citizens with Disabilities and the Wilmington Special 
Needs Advisory Council. We look forward to working with these groups to 
provide a better life for the disabled. 

The following is a list of the Commission's most recent accomplishments. 

• The Commission on Disabilities has subscribed to an Internet service which 
will enable us to explore and access more information regarding handicapped 
affairs . 

• The Commission on Disabilities, in conjunction with Shawsheen Valley 
Technical High School of Billerica, is currently designing a web page to be 
incorporated with the Town of Wilmington's web site. 

• The Commission recommended that the Board of Selectmen increase handicapped 
parking violations from $10 to $100. 

• We have assisted handicapped residents with essential services such as 
transportation and signage, offered referrals and supports in-house 
modifications . 

• Donations have been made to the Wilmington Lions Club and the Friends of 
Wilmington Library. 

• Petitioned Governor Weld to retain the position of Lorraine Greif, Acting 
Director of the Massachusetts Office on Disabilities (MOD) . 

• The Commission on Disabilities issued a petition of support to the Franklin 
D. Roosevelt Memorial Commission to accurately portray FDR with his 
disability in one of the five statues being erected in the FDR Memorial 
Library. 



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Board of Appeals 



Case 1-97 George C. Nelson Map 6 Parcel 22 

To appeal the decision of the Inspector of Buildings regarding the Official 
Map for property located on 3 Poplar Street. 

Denied - applicant failed to demonstrate that enforcement of provisions of 
G. L. CH. 41, Sec. 81E would entail practical difficulty or 
unnecessary hardship. 



Case 2-97 Kimberly Nelson Map 6 Parcel 43 

To appeal the decision of the Inspector of Buildings regarding the Official 
Map for property located on 5 Polk Street. 

Denied - applicant failed to demonstrate that enforcement of provisions of 
G. L. Ch. 41, Sec. 81E would entail practical difficulty or 
unnecessary hardship. 



Case 3-97 Mary Nelson Map 6 Parcel 2 

To appeal the decision of the Inspector of Buildings regarding the Official 
Map for property located on 9 Walnut Street. 

Denied - applicant failed to demonstrate that enforcement of provisions of 
G. L. Ch. 41, Sec. 81E would entail practical difficulty or 
unnecessary hardship. 



Case 4-97 Catherine Basso Map 16 Parcel 58 

To appeal the decision of the Inspector of Buildings regarding the Official 
Map for property located on 4 Canyon Street. 

Granted - this property does not have frontage on a street on the Official 
Map but does have pavement suitable for travel. 



Case 5-97 Gregg Roberts Map Rl Parcel 118 

A special permit under Sec. 8.5 to operate an auto body repair shop at 319A 
Andove r Street. 

Granted - meets general purpose and intent of Sec. 8.5. 



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Case 6-97 



Wilmington Builders 



Map 42 Parcel 29 



A special permit under Sec. 6.1.2.2 to expand a pre-existing nonconforming use 
for property on 340 Main Street. 

Granted - meets general purpose and intent of Sec. 6.1.2.2. 



Case 7-97 American Legion Map 49 Parcel 54, 55 

A special permit under Sec. 6.1.2.2 for an addition on a pre-existing, 
nonconforming lot for property located on 3 Bay Street. 

Denied - would exceed 50% of combined floor area and use would be 
detrimental to the Town and neighborhood. 



Case 8-97 Paul Fitzpatrick Map 67 Parcel 75B 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.4 for a lot having insufficient front yard setback on 
Gorham Street for an addition to property located on 31 Cary Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 9-97 AT & T Wireless Map 98 Parcel 11 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 3.4.7 Public Service Utility Use, 
Sec. 5.2.8.1, pole to exceed 48 feet (requesting a 120 foot tower), and Sec. 
6.4.3, relief from off-street parking and loading standards for property 
located on 98 Ainsworth Road. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 10-97 Charlotte E. Fitch Map 62 Parcel pt 25, 26 

A variance for a lot having 75 feet of frontage and width, which is less than 
the required 100 feet, to construct a single family dwelling for property 
located on Grant Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



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Case 11-97 



Michael T. Stuart 



Map 67 Parcel pt 82A 



A variance from Sec. 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3 and 5.2.5 for a lot having 
insufficient area (23,061 sq. ft.), frontage (90.06 ft), width (90.06) and 
side yard setback (17.00 ft) for property located on Broad Street. 

Granted - footprint £or the proposed dwelling shovm on ZBA Plan of Land 

shall not be increased beyond that which is shown unless all title 
issues for Lot 1090 have been resolved. 



Case 12-97 Michael T. Stuart Map 67 Parcel pt 82A 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3 and 5.2.5 for a lot having 
insufficient area (23,965 sq. ft.), frontage (93.22 ft.), width (93.22 ft.) 
and side yard setback (12 feet) for property located on Broad Street. 

Granted - footprint for the proposed dwelling shown on ZBA Plan of Land 

shall not be increased beyond that which is shown unless all title 
issues for Lot 1090 have been resolved. 



Case 13-97 Eisai Research Institute Map R3 Parcel 401 

A special permit under Sec. 8.4 and 4.1.10 for scientific development for 
property located at 100 Research Drive. 

Granted - complies with all the requirements of Sec. 8.5 and 4.1.10. 



Case 14-97 James J. Bransfield Map 66 Parcel 75 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 to construct an addition to an existing garage 10 
feet from the side yard lot line, required setback is 15 feet, for property 
located on 15 Glendale Circle. 

Granted - no closer than 10 feet from the side yard lot line. 



Case 15-97 Paul Nikodemos Map 58 Parcel 13A 

A variance to construct a shed, garage and cabana within the required side and 
rear yard setbacks, requesting 20 feet when 40 feet is required for property 
located at 9 Englewood Drive. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



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Case 16-97 



4th of July Committee 



Map 63 Parcel 10 



A special permit for a carnival for the Fourth of July Week from July 1 
through July 6, 1997 for property located on 159 Church Street. 

Granted - from July 1 through July 6, 1997. 



Case 17-97 L. A. Associates Map 48 Parcel 30 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.1 (lot area), 5.2.2 (frontage), 5.2.3 (width), 5.2.4 
(front yard setback) and 5.2.5 (side and rear yard setbacks) for property 
located on Lot 1 Denault Drive. 

Granted - will conform to other lot areas in the neighborhood. 



Case 18-97 L. A. Associates Map 48 Parcel 30 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.1 (lot area), 5.2.2 (frontage), 5.2.3 (width), 5.2.4 
(front yard setback) and 5.2.5 (side and rear yard setbacks) for property 
located on Lot 2 Denault Drive. 

Granted - will conform to other lot areas in the neighborhood. 



Case 19-97 Wilmington Cold Storage Map 46 Parcel IB 

To appeal the decision of the Inspector of Buildings regarding the Zoning By- 
law enforcement at 856 Woburn Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 20-97 Paul I. Boudreau Map 96 Parcel 9B 

To construct an accessory apartment to a single family dwelling at 20A High 
Street . 

Granted - meets criteria of Sec. 4.2.7. 



Case 21-97 Aleppo Temple Shrine Map 99 Parcel 135A 

A special permit pursuant to Sec. 6.4.3 for relief from parking requirements 
of Subsection 6.4 (6.4.2.4), specifically the requirements of paving the 
proposed parking area for property located on 9 9 Fordham Road. 

Granted - with stipulations listed in the decision. 



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Case 22-97 



William Bolognese 



Map 9 Parcel 74A 



A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 to construct an above- ground pool 15 feet from the 
rear yard lot line when the requirement is 25 feet for property located on 7 
Wakefield Avenue. 

Granted - no closer than 15 feet from the rear yard lot line, for the life of 
the pool . 



Case 23-97 Ruping Builders Map 15 Parcel 109 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 to construct a deck within the rear yard setback, 
asking to be 31 feet from the rear yard lot line when 40 feet is required for 
property located on 8R Fernbanks Road. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 24-97 Craig S. Newhouse Map 69 Parcels 82, 83, 84 

A building permit authorizing the construction of a single family dwelling on 
a lot located on Lexington Street, a private way existing but not shown on the 
Town Official Map. 

Granted - the applicant will undertake the widening and regrading of said 
road area to a width of 2 feet through the frontage of the 
proposed lot. 



Case 25-97 Nicholas Palla III Map 43 Parcel 1 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 3.5.15, Table I, Auto Repair and Body 
Shop for property located on 287 Main Street. 

Granted - in harmony with the general purpose and intent of Sec. 3.5.15. 



Case 26-97 Gail White Map 19 Parcel 107 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 for a two-car garage to be 15 feet from the side 

yard lot line when 20 feet is required for property located on 20 Apache Way. 

Granted - no closer than 15 feet from the side yard lot line. 



Case 27-97 Joseph J. Dinatale, Jr. Map 84 Parcel 63 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 for an addition to be 3 feet from the side yard lot 
line when 2 5 feet is required for property located on 4 5 McDonald Road. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



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Case 28-97 



Sprint Spectrum LP 



Map 4 Parcel 2A 



To amend an existing special permit, Case 4-84, to allow the renting of tower 
transmission capability for co-location of wireless PCS antenna equipment on 
an existing 150' telecommunications tower owned by Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile 
and located on 625 Main Street. 

Granted - in harmony with the general purpose and intent of Sec. 8.5. 



Case 29-97 



David C. Ingram 



Map 101 Parcel 665 



A variance from Sec. 5.2.4 to construct a garage 36 feet from the front yard 
on Lucaya Circle when 4 feet is required for property located on 2 6 Lucaya 
Circle . 



Granted 



no closer than 3 6 feet from the front yard lot line two frontages. 



Case 30-97 



Alfred Antinarelli 



Map 54 Parcel 77A 



To construct a garage 18 feet from the front yard on Crescent Street when 3 
feet is required for property located on 15 Cary Street. 

Granted - no closer than 15 feet from the front yard lot line on Crescent 
Street - two frontages. 



Case 31-97 



Craig Newhouse 



Map 43 Parcel 15 



A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.3.4 to authorize a hammerhead lot 
for property located on Stone Street. 



Granted 



meets criteria of Sec. 5.3.4. 



Case 32-97 



AT&T Wireless 



Map R2 Parcel 23B 



A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.2.8.1 to construct, operate and 
maintain a wireless communications facility; the facility will include a 120 
foot utility pole (engineered to hold 3 carriers) with panel antennas mounted 
at the top and a 12 ' x 20' x 10 ' unmanned equipment shelter at 250 Ballardvale 
Street . 



Granted - 



meets criteria of Sec. 5.2.8.1. 



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Case 33-97 



AT&T Wireless 



Map 91 Parcel 119 



A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.2.8.1 to construct, operate and 
maintain a wireless communications facility; the facility will include a 120 
foot utility pole (engineered to hold 3 carriers) with panel antennas mounted 
at the top and a 12 ' x 20' x 10 ' unmanned equipment shelter at property 
located at 50-60 Concord Street. 

Denied - two cominunication towers are in close proximity to this location 
and an attempt to co-locate can be made by the applicant. 



Case 34-97 Shawsheen River Estates Map 106 

To amend a comprehensive permit issued under the provisions of the HOP Program 
allowing construction of 220 housing units (Shawsheen River Estates) on 
property located on Hopkins and Reed Streets. 

Granted - amended as proposed. 



Case 35-97 David & Ellen Bolognese Map 78 Parcel 38 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 to construct an addition 12 feet from the side yard 
lot line when 20 feet is required for property located on 53 North Street. 

Granted - no closer than 14 feet from the side yard lot line. 



Case 36-97 Dorinda George Map 18 Parcel 39 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 to construct a garage 10 feet from the side yard 
lot line when 20 feet is required for property located on 3 Presidential 
Drive . 

Granted - no closer than 10 feet from the side yard lot line. 



Case 37-97 David & Linda Doucette Map 31 Parcel 18A 

To appeal the decision of the Inspector of Buildings regarding classification 
of their home as a two- family dwelling for property located on 9 Canal Street. 

Denied - affirmed the decision of the Inspector of Buildings. 



Case 38-97 Barbara Delaney Map 15 Parcel 14 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.4 authorizing an existing barn to remain within a 
reserved front yard for property located on proposed relocated Marion Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



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Case 39-97 



Velma Emery- 



Map 15 Parcel 13 



A variance from Sec. 5.2.4 authorizing an existing barn to remain within a 
reserved front yard for property located on proposed relocated Marion Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 40-97 Barlo Sign Map 57 Parcel 52 

A special permit to authorize signage of 281.40 square feet when 120 square 
feet is allowed for property located at Royal Dynasty, 207 Lowell Street. 

Denied - 120 feet of signage was sufficient and complies with the By-law. 



Case 41-97 Chester Sullivan Map 35 Parcel 19 

A special permit under Sec. 6.1.2.2 to demolish and rebuild a new dwelling 
within a side yard setback on an existing nonconforming lot at 115 Lake 
Street . 

Granted - no closer than 11 feet from each side yard lot line. 



Case 42-97 Gerard P. Brennan Map 35 Parcel 213 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 authorizing a pool to be 12 feet and 15 feet from 
the side yard lot lines and 10 feet from the rear yard lot line when 20 foot 
setbacks are required for property located on 28 Ohio Street. 

Granted - no closer than 15 feet from the rear yard lot line and 12 feet 
from both side yard lot lines, for the life of the pool. 



Case 43-97 Yvette Huynh Map 55 Parcel 112 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 to construct a deck 12 feet from the side yard lot 
line and 8 feet from the rear yard lot line when 15 feet is required for 
property located on 2 3 Faulkner Avenue. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 44-97 Mariam H. Colucci Map 31 Parcel 5 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.3 to construct a single family dwelling on a lot 
having insufficient width for property located on 3 Canal Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



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Case 45-97 



Mark & Maria Crosby 



Map 8 Parcel 3 9 



A variance from Sec. 5.2.4 to construct an addition on a nonconforming lot 
having insufficient front yard setback on Cochrane Road for property located 
on 16 Sherwood Road. 

Granted - no closer than the existing dwelling to Sherwood Road -two 
frontages . 



Case 46-97 Englehard Corp. Map R2 Parcel 20C 

A special permit authorizing the use and placement of a storage trailer for a 
period greater than three months in accordance with Sec. 4.1.7.3 for property 
located on 201 Ballardvale Street. 

Granted - svibject to compliance with Site Plan approval. 



Case 47-97 Robert W. Murray Map 1 Parcel pt 6 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.3.4 to authorize a hammerhead lot 
for property located on Chestnut Street. 

Granted - meets the criteria of Sec. 5.3.4. 



Case 48-97 Robert W. Murray Map 1 Parcel pt 6 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.3.4 to authorize a hammerhead lot 
for property located on Chestnut Street, Lot B. 

Granted - meets the criteria of Sec. 5.3.4. 



Case 49-97 Christopher & Sandra Sartori Map 54 Parcel 2 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.4 to construct a porch 12 feet from the side yard lot 
line when 15 feet is required for property located on 30 Miller Road. 

Granted - no closer than 11 feet from the side yard lot line. 



Case 50-97 Richard G. Cole Map 16 Parcel 43 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 8.5 to construct a single family 
dwelling, for a determination of pre-existing lot status, 5.3.2 and for a 
permit in accordance with the Official Map, 8.3.4 for property located on 24 
Pembroke Street . 

Pending 



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Case 51-97 



Carl A. Borgeson 



Map 30 Parcel 56 



A variance from Sec. 5.2.2 and 5.2.3 for a lot having 100 feet of frontage and 
width when 125 feet is required for property located on Hillcrest Street. 

Pending 



Case 52-97 Joseph & Mart Mullens Map 56 Parcel 44 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 for an addition to be constructed 23.5 feet from 
the front yard lot line when 40 feet is required for property located on 24 
School Street. 

Granted - no closer than 23 feet from the front/side lot line. 



Case 53-97 Boutwell St. Rlty Trust Map 19 Parcel 38 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.2 and 5.2.3 for a lot having insufficient frontage, 
103 feet when 125 feet is required and width, 100 feet when 125 feet is 
required, to construct a new dwelling at property located on Taft Road. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 54-97 Boutwell St. Rlty Trust Map 19 Parcel 38 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.1 and 5.2.3 for a lot having insufficient area, 
15,802 square feet when 20,000 square feet is required and width, 100 feet 
when 125 feet is required, to construct a new dwelling at property located on 
Boutwell Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 55-97 Daniel & Colleen Fonzi Map R4 Parcel 41 

To acquired a variance from Sec. 5.2.4 for an inground pool to be 11 feet from 
the front yard lot line on Blueberry Lane when 40 feet is required for 
property located on 2 6 Ashwood Avenue. 

Granted - no closer than 20 feet from the front yard lot line on Blueberry 
Lane - two frontages. 



Case 56-97 Sandra Craig & Charles Moyer Map 31 Parcel 31 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.1, lot area (24,372 square feet when 25,000 is 
required) and 5.3.3 (frontage exception lot) to transfer land to neighbor and 
making this lot nonconforming for property located on 9 Birch Road. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



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Case 57-97 



Joseph Fiendel 



Map 41 Parcel llOA 



A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 to construct an addition one (1) foot from the rear 
yard lot line and to add two one-bedroom apartments to a second floor for 
property located on 3 Church Street. 

Denied - the applicant did not demonstrate a unique circumstance pertaining 
to the lot or a hardship. 



Case 58-97 Robert Allen Map 84 Parcel 66 

A variance to authorize the construction of a single family dwelling 10 feet 
from the side yard lot line when 25 feet is required for property located on 
15 Tanner Street. 

Granted - 10 feet from the side yard lot line. 



Case 59-97 Joseph A. Langone Map 12 Parcel 4 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.1, 5.2.3 and 5.2.5 for a lot having insufficient 
area, width and rear yard setback for a garage located in a General Industrial 
Zone at 959 Main Street. 

Granted - no closer than 12 feet from the rear yard lot line. 



Case 60-97 Wilmington Partners J. V. Map 71 Parcel 16, 18 

To amend Comprehensive Permit Case #12-96 to reduce the number of lots 
proposed from 35 to 28 for property located on West Street. 

Granted - eunended from 35 to 2 8 lots. 



Case 61-97 Chester Hall Map 84 Parcel 64A, 64B, 89 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.3.4 for a hammerhead lot for 
property located on Lot 3A Summer Street. 

Pending 



Case 62-97 Robert Williams Map 8 7 Parcel IJ 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 to allow an existing barn to remain within the 
required side yard setback for property located on 231 Woburn Street. 

Granted - allow existing barn to remain eight feet from the side yard lot 
line for the life of the barn, and to remove the carriage house. 



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Case 63-97 



Robert Williams 



Map 87 Parcel IJ 



A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.3.4 for a hammerhead lot for 
property located at 231 Woburn Street, Lot A. 

Granted - meets criteria of Sec. 5.3.4. 



Case 64-97 Craig S. Newhouse Map 43 Parcel 15 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.2 for a lot having insufficient frontage to construct 
a single family dwelling for property located on Stone Street. 

Pending 



Case 65-97 Joseph Langone Map 42 Parcel 33B 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 6.3.5.3 authorizing the expansion of 
a pre-existing but nonconforming sign for property located at 20 Middlesex 
Avenue . 

Denied - does not meet criteria of Sec. 6.3.5.3. 



Case 66-97 Douglas & Lori Stewart Map 27 Parcel 17 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.5 to construct a deck 8 feet from the rear yard lot 
line when 20 feet is required for property located on Lot 6 Elizabeth Drive. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 67-97 Omnipoint Communications Map 99 Parcel 132 

A special permit to construct a 120 foot flagpole which will house digital PCS 
antennae along with 7' x 3' equipment at the base for property located on 260 
Fordham Road. 

Granted - the flag must be either the American flag or the Massachusetts 
state flag. 



Case 68-97 Paul Boudreau Map 96 Parcel 93 

To appeal the decision of the Inspector of Buildings regarding the 
installation of two electric meters at property located on 20A High Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



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Case 69-97 



Kevin Foley 



Map 3 5 Parcel 2 



A variance from Sec. 5.2.3 for a lot having insufficient width for a single 
family dwelling for property located on Lake Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 70-97 Omnipoint Communications Map R2 Parcel 23B 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 3.4.8 to mount an antenna array on an 
existing 120 foot monopole at 250 Ballardvale Street. 

Granted - in harmony with the general purpose and intent of Sec. 6.8. 



Case 71-97 John & Virginia Bonish Map 52 Parcel 32 

A variance from Sec. 5.2.4 for an existing deck to remain as situated 5 feet 
from the front yard lot line when 40 feet is required for property located on 
13 Central Street. 

Withdrawn - without prejudice. 



Case 72-97 Cellco Ptnrshp/Bell Atlantic Map R3 Parcel 50B 

A special permit for a wireless communications facility to allow the addition 
of antennas on an existing monopole tower, additional equipment adjacent to 
the tower and related site changes for property located on 377 Ballardvale 
Street. 

Granted - with conditions stated in Site Plan approval. 



Case 73-97 Margaret Brooks Map 97 Parcel pt 59 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.3.4 to authorize a hammerhead lot 
for property located on Lot 59C Salem Street. 

Granted - meets criteria of Sec. 5.3.4. 



Case 74-97 Margaret Brooks Map 97 Parcel pt 59 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.3.4 to authorize a hammerhead lot 
for property located on Lot 59B Salem Street. 

Granted - meets criteria of Sec. 5.3.4. 



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Case 75-97 



James Toner 



Map 34 Parcel 42E 



To obtain a building permit for the construction of a single family dwelling 
on a lot having frontage on a way which is not shown on or made part of the 
Town Official Map for property located on Grove Terrace. 

Granted - enforcement of M. G. L. Ch. 41, Sec. 81E would entail a practical 
difficulty or unnecessary hardship. 



Case 76-97 Craig Newhouse Map 55 Parcels 66, 6 7 

To obtain a building permit for the construction of a single family dwelling 
on a lot having frontage on a way which is not shown or made part of the Town 
Official Map for property located on Beverly Avenue. 

Granted - enforcement of M. G. L. Ch. 41, Sec. 81E would entail a practical 
difficulty or unnecessary hardship. 



Case 77-97 Craig Newhouse Map 4 7 Parcel pt 19A 

A special permit in accordance with Sec. 5.3.4 to authorize a hammerhead lot 
for property located on Melrose Avenue. 

Granted - meets criteria of Sec. 5.3.4. 



Case 78-97 Stan Souza Map 36 Parcel 9 

A variance for Sec. 5.2.5 to obtain a 10 foot variance to allow the 
construction of an 18 ' x 36' inground pool 12 feet from the rear yard lot line 
when 2 feet is required for property located on 14 Fairmeadow Road. 

Granted - no closer than 12 feet from the rear yard lot line, for the life 
of the pool . 



The following is a summary of the inspections performed by the Sealer of 
Weights and Measures for the year 1997. 



Sealer Of Weights And Measures 



Type of Device 



Number Sealed 



30 lb. Scales 
100 lb. Scales 
Truck Scales 
Jeweler Scale 
Oil Meters (Trucks) 
Pharmacy Weights 
Gas Meters 



70 
1 
7 
1 
6 

94 



155 (8 adjustments) 



Fees Collected 



$2 , 388 . 00 



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The Sealer also performed 250 weighings of meat and produce. Establishments 
were also checked for proper signs and price markings. 

The consumers of Wilmington may contact the Sealer of Weights and Measures 
through the Town Hall in order that complaints may be promptly acted on to 
ensure that consumers are treated honestly. 

Council for the Arts 

In 1997 the Wilmington Council for the Arts began its second decade in its 
quarters in the "Old Town Hall" now known as the "Arts Center." In 1986 
voters at the Annual Town Meeting decided to develop this old building as a 
center for the arts. From that time and through the year 1997 the lovely old 
building has been the scene of many enriching activities. Annual art 
exhibitions, art demonstrations, concerts, lectures, dance and drama classes, 
weekly rehearsals of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of "Sweet Adelines," a vocal 
music group, poetry readings, an Annual Hobby Show and a spectacular "Festival 
of Trees" with the Garden Club during the holiday season were all presented 
during 1997. 

The Wilmington Council is supported, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural 
Council. The purpose of the Massachusetts Council is to raise funds to be 
used for community arts. Their objective is to promote cultural resources, to 
ensure the continued contribution of these resources to local communities, and 
to involve as many citizens as possible in some aspect of cultural activity. 
To this end, in 1997 the Wilmington Council distributed $5,879 in grants to 
applicants. Passes to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum were 
awarded to be distributed by the Wilmington Public Library. A grant, 
as requested by the Wilmington Council, to permit their continuation of the 
Arts Center (programming, classes, art exhibitions and demonstrations, art 
purchases and upkeep), was approved by the state council. 

The Seventeenth Annual Art Exhibition was held on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 
and 29. From its earliest days under a tent on the Town Common until now in 
the lovely atmosphere of the main gallery of the Arts Center, this event has 
become a yearly tradition and is always well attended and successful; this 
year was no exception. Three professional artists judged the show: 

Jean Colt Hooper of Marblehead. She works in oils, watercolors and pen and 
ink concentrating on marine paintings. Her memberships include: American 
Society of Marine Artists, the Copley Society and Marblehead Art Association. 
The Lyford Cay Gallery of Nassau shows her Bahamian paintings. 

Joan Rademacher of Methuen: She is a member of the North Shore Arts 
Association, the Concord Art Association and the Andover Artists Guild; she 
specializes in watercolors. Her awards have been numerous and she frequently 
judges at competitions and demonstrates her painting techniques for art 
groups. She is represented in many corporate collections in New Hampshire and 
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Caleb Stone of Methuen: He was born in Rockport where he began painting at 
age seven. He works in the media of oils, watercolors and pastels covering 
New England as well as western United States perspectives. He has received 
several scholarships and spent three months in Europe on a painting trip 
producing over 100 works. He will teach in Essex this summer and the 
Wilmington Arts Council anticipates sponsoring one of his demonstrations at 
the Arts Center very soon. 

The John D. Brooks Memorial Award, given to a Wilmington artist who shows much 
progress and promise, was given this year to Ruth Camber. 

Leda Sullivan's "Oriental Flair" was voted Most Popular Painting. In 
Watercolors, prizes were awarded as follows: 

First Prize to Greg Phillips for his "Essex Marshes." 

Second Prize to Neil Clapp for his "Sugar Bowl and Creamer with Spoons." 
Third Prize to Louise Anderson for "Splash." 

Honorable Mentions were given to: Jane Crane, Madeleine DeSesa, Elizabeth 
Douglass, Barbara Gesin, David Maison and Susan O'Brien. 

Winners in Oil were: 

First Prize to Leda Sullivan for "Oriental Flair." 
Second Prize to Rita Strow for "Old Irish Farmer." 
Third Prize to Elizabeth Bichan for "In the Old Barn." 

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Marguerite Elia for "West Village, N.Y.C." 
and to Barbara Groom for "Still Life with Bittersweet." Mixed Media awards 
were given to Lexie Donahue for "A Few of My Favorite Things," First Place. 
Also mentioned: "Day's Work Is Done" by Barbara Glines and "Purple Paradise" 
by Ruth Laider. Honorable Mentions were: "From the Forest Primeval" by 
Barbara Gesin and "The Goddess" by Hinda Paquette and Gine Cucchiara. 

In the Photography category "Vermont Reflections" by Ruth Camber won First 
Prize and Linda Molloy's "Star-gazer" won Second. Barrett S. Bacall's "Silver 
Morn" won Third. 

Student Exhibitors who won prizes were as follows: Jane Crane, First Prize; 
Carol Wilson, Second; and Third, Ruth Camber. Throughout the year painting 
demonstrations were given by local professional artists. They were always 
free to the public. Those participating were: Linda J. Scola of Medford on 
January 15; Judythe Evans Meagher of Reading on February 19; William E. Ternes 
of Sherborn, MA on May 14; Joan Rademacher of Methuen on September 17; Eva 
Cincotta of Melrose on March 19, and Laura Elkins Stover of Melrose on October 
9; Carolyn Latanision of Winchester demonstrated on April 16. Two concerts 
were sponsored by the Arts Council. Don Bastarache ' s Big Band on Saturday, 
November 22 at the VFW Hall in Tewksbury and an English Handbell Choir on 
Sunday, December 14. In addition to the Choir, Carolyn Stanhope and Bill 
Merrill lent their talents. 



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As usual, the 
annual Hobby 
Show run by Mr . 
Roy Crane was a 
great success . 
A bus trip to 
view "Picasso - 
The Early Years 
at the Boston 
Museum of Fine 
Arts, sponsored 
by the Council, 
was well 
attended . 



II 



Arts exhibition held every June at the Arts Council. 



The Council 
appreciates the 
assistance of 
town departments 
under the 
direction of 



Roger Lessard and Bob Palmer. They have helped in the maintenance of this 
great building. Thank you and all townspeople who, by their enthusiasm, keep 
us going! 

Officers for the Council for the Arts are: David Maison, Chairman; Elizabeth 
White, Vice Chairman; Anne Buzzell, Treasurer; Jane Crane, Recording Secretary 
and Frances Keough, Corresponding Secretary/Publicity. 



The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency 
representing 101 cities and towns in the metropolitan Boston area. Created by 
an act of the Legislature in 1963, it serves as a forum for state and local 
officials and provides technical planning assistance and service delivery to 
its member communities. MAPC works with cities and towns through eight 
subregional organizations whose members are appointed by chief elected 
officials and planning boards. The Council provides the subregions with 
financial, planning and administrative support and offers technical aid on 
selected special projects. MAPC is a designated Economic Development District 
of the federal Economic Development Administration and as one of 14 members of 
the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) , has oversight responsibility for 
the region's federally funded transportation program. 

MAPC completed another successful year of working with its communities, state 
agencies, various non-profit groups, universities, businesses, special 
interest coalitions, state and federal legislators and other regional planning 
agencies. The agency held at least 15 regularly scheduled meetings each 
month, eight of which were in different subregions. These meetings plus 
special workshops, seminars, focus groups and conferences linked together the 



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hundreds of issues and individuals who are part of the Boston area's and the 
nation's planning scene. It was this network that provided the energy, vision 
and focus for MAPC's activities in the region. 

After years of concern about the role of local governments in state 
transportation planning and funding decisions, 1997 saw a landmark achievement 
in the formation of a new Boston area MPO. The reorganization was the outcome 
of federally supported mediation, with MAPC serving as a key negotiator for a 
stronger state/local partnership. MPO voting members now include seven cities 
and towns, along with seven state and regional agencies, including ^4APC . The 
municipal and regional members of the MPO are responsible for programming 
about $40 million per year in local road and bridge projects, about one- third 
of the total funds available for the metropolitan region. MAPC works with 
communities to develop a list of local projects to be programmed for funding. 

In September, the first Transportation Improvement Program was adopted by the 
new MPO. The TIP also included $10 million for "Enhancement Projects" and $3 
million for Transportation Demand Management (TDM) projects. As a regional 
planning agency, MAPC's role in both the Enhancement and TDM programs is to 
solicit proposals and prescreen them for funding eligibility. 

As always, the agency also participated in a variety of transportation related 
projects. One of the major efforts this year involved working on the 
Transportation Summit meeting that was held in Springfield. This effort was 
organized to support the reauthorization of ISTEA and help assure that federal 
transportation funding for New England is not diminished. MAPC completed a 
three -year Pavement Management System Project that involved the inspection of 
all federal-aid eligible roadways throughout the entire MAPC region. A report 
on the over 3,000 miles of road that were inspected was submitted to the 
Massachusetts Highway Department. 

A new project that was organized last year was the Metropolitan Greenspace 
Initiative. Over 65 environmental and historic preservation organizations 
have indicated their interest in participating in this effort that MAPC is 
currently staffing. As part of this project the agency has produced a map 
that illustrates the development growth in the greater Boston area from 1970 
to 1991. The accompanying data documents the results of urban sprawl that has 
occurred showing a 15% growth in land development with only a 55% growth in 
population. MAPC staff has also been working with graduate students at the 
Harvard Graduate School of Design on the potential for open space protection 
as the region continues to grow. During the past year, the agency increased 
its association with the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area 
planning project with the expectation that the agency will become one of the 
groups officially involved in the establishment of this new federal/state 
facility. 

MAPC produced a number of publications during 1997. This past year the agency 
published its first yearly calendar with each month displaying maps containing 
different demographic data of interest to communities in the region and their 
residents. The Data Center also published a report. Top Employers , which 
listed, by community, the number of employees per establishment in the region. 
Other recent projects include a Title 5 compliance computer software 
application for Ashland and Hopkinton, economic forecasting for several 
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the community profile series. The Data Center, working with Harvard 
University and the University of Massachusetts Boston, also completed a 
collaborative project known as The Massachusetts Electronic Atlas. This atlas 
provides access via the Internet to information on the 3 51 cities and towns in 
the state. All the information can be downloaded. 

The GIS Lab completed numerous projects for both individual communities and 
for the region as a whole. Staff worked with Watertown on developing a tree 
inventory for the community. They also completed a wireless communication 
siting study for one of the subregions, an open space update for another and a 
comprehensive regional zoning report for yet another. GIS staff conducted a 
number of workshops on parcel data automation and acted as an information 
resource for municipalities interested in beginning or expanding their GIS 
programs . 

In addition to playing a major role on a number of regional boards and 
commissions, the staff also applied for and received grants to investigate 
shared services in one of the subregions and also to help communities deal 
with the issue of utility deregulation. MAPC continued to participate with 
the South Weymouth Naval Air Station Reuse Planning Project. One MAPC staff 
member was contracted to work part time for the Town of Rockland on planning 
issues related to the base closure and reuse. 

In 1997, the agency also completed a project that focuses on opportunities for 
bolstering the shoreline seafood processing and distribution industries in the 
Commonwealth, including an analysis of the importance of the industry to 
affected coastal communities in Massachusetts. 

MAPC updated its Overall Economic Development Program for 1997, analyzing the 
regional economy and economic development needs, and revising the list of 
projects eligible for federal funds through the Economic Development 
Administration (EDA) . The agency administered a Community Adjustment Planning 
Grant provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to 
examine community responses to defense industry downsizing and evaluate 
defense dependencies of small and mid-sized municipalities. The project 
included several focus groups and a regional forum. Wilmington was one of the 
case study communities. A final report on strategies to adjust and diversify 
local economies in response to reduced defense spending will be completed in 
early 1998. 



Department of Public Works 

In accordance with the By-laws of the Town of Wilmington, I, Robert P. Palmer, 
hereby respectfully submit the Annual Report on the activities of the 
Wilmington Department of Public Works for the year 1997. This will be my final 
report as Superintendent of Public Works. I am retiring after 44+ years of 
service. It has been a pleasure to serve this community. 



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The Department of Public Works consists of six (6) divisions: Highway, Tree, 
Cemetery, Parks and Grounds, Engineering and Water & Sewer. The coordinating 
of all the activities of all divisions allows the town the optimum use of 
manpower, equipment and materials which control cost. 



Highway Division (658-4481) 



All regular highway maintenance work was carried out during the year, such as 
sweeping streets, installing street and warning signs, patching streets, 
cleaning catch basins, cutting brush along the roadsides, picking up trash 
along our roadsides, painting and replacing guardrails, repairing broken 
curbing, painting safety lines and crosswalks on streets, etc. 




Safety Projects: 

Sidewalks : Sidewalks 
were constructed on 
Shawsheen Avenue from 
Ferguson Road to 
Carter Lane for a 
distance of 860 feet; 
Carter Lane from 
Shawsheen Avenue to 
school property for a 
distance of 1,411 
feet; Adams Street 
from Parker Street to 
near Fairview Avenue 
for a distance of 
1,886 feet; Parker 
Street from Lowell 
Street to Parker 
Street for a distance 
of 1,778 feet and Glen 
Road - 100 feet near 
Brattle Street. The 
total of new sidewalk 

construction was 6,035 feet. The sidewalk construction for the above is 90 - 
95% complete and will be completed in the spring. The sidewalks on the 
following streets were installed with a hot top overlay: Church Street from 
Middlesex Avenue to Rte . 38 for a distance of 4,285 feet; Reed Street for a 
distance of 2,180 feet and Harold Avenue for a distance of 2,628 feet. The 
total of sidewalk overlay was 9,093 feet. The construction and the hot top 
overlay for these sidewalks will improve the safety of the school children who 
walk to school and will expand our network of sidewalks for the safety of all 
residents . 



First phase of the sidewalk project for Old Shawsheen Avenue. 



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Chapter 90 Improvements and Town Funds : 

The following streets were upgraded with hot top overlay: 



LOCATION 


FEET 


LOCATION 


FEET 


Adams Street 


2, 915 


Kilmarnock Street 


1, 840 


Ayotte Street 


240 


Park Street 


4, 180 


Brattle Street 


1, 066 


Parker Street 


2, 000 








C Q C 


Boutwell Street 


4 , 144 


St rout Avenue 


908 




O 


vjaKxiaye circj-e 


1 T O A 
1 , / J U 


Congress Street 


977 


Marcus Road 


2, 315 


Crest Avenue 


558 


Marjorie Road 


1, 876 


Df^l 1 Dt"! v<= 


1, 794 


Miller Road 


O JO 


Faulkner Avenue 


1, 946 


Morse Avenue 


1, 360 


rorciildm KOo-O. 


3 , 714 


Nassau Avenue 


1,566 


Gowing Road 


770 


Nickerson Avenue 


953 


Grove Avenue 


4, 147 


Shawsheen Avenue 


5, 200 


Hawthorne Road 


230 


Westdale Avenue 


1, 211 


Hopkins Street 


3 , 051 






for a total of 53, 754 


feet . Over 


10 miles of streets were upgraded. 




The following streets 


will be upgraded next construction season with 


hot top 


overlay : 








LOCATION 


FEET 


LOCATION 


FEET 


Birchwood Road 


1, 597 


Oakdale Road 


2, 301 


Buzzell Drive 


600 


Pinewood Road 


1, 364 


Charlotte Road 


859 


Shady Lane Drive 


2, 940 


Draper Drive 


1, 560 


Sprucewood Road 


690 


Gunderson Road 


1, 506 


Wildwood Street 


5,280 


Judith Road 


400 







for a total of 19,097 feet. 

Drainage : Drainage ditches, systems and culverts were installed, repaired, 
flushed or extended at the following locations: Hillside Way @ Chestnut 
Street, Salem Street, Andover Street, Parker Street, Middlesex Avenue, Wildwood 
Street, Old Shawsheen Avenue, Woburn Street and Congress Street. 

Stream Maintenance Program : We have now completed our second year of brook and 
stream maintenance. A crew of five and a supervisor were hired to clean, by 
hand, some of the streams and brooks throughout town. The stream and brook 
maintenance program evolved from a joint effort between the Department of 
Pxiblic Works and the Conservation Department with its goal to restore the 
quality of the streams and brooks and reduce flooding. The stream and brook 
maintenance program was a great success and has been included in the FY99 
budget for funding. I hope that the town continues to fund this program in the 
years to come . 



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Snow Sc Ice Removal : The Highway Division recorded 48.25" of snow for the winter 
of 1996 - 1997. The average snow fall is 54.0." The April 1st storm was a 
very difficult storm, with 19 1/2" of snow. Trees and limbs were down 
throughout the town. 

Tree Division (658-2809) 

The Tree Division carried out all regular maintenance work such as trimming, 
cutting, spraying and tree removal. We removed 29 roadside trees that were 
dead or interfered with public safety. Hornet nests were removed upon request 
from residents. The Town Common was illuminated again this year with a fine 
display of Christmas lights. 

Dutch Elm Disease : We removed six Dutch Elm diseased trees. 

Moscmito Control : The town contracts its mosquito control out to the Central 
Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) , who currently provides services 
to 28 cities and towns throughout Middlesex and Worcester counties. 

The project's headquarters are located at 111 Otis Street, Northboro, MA. 
Tours of the headquarters, or visits to field work sites, may be arranged by 
calling the office in advance. Telephone (508) 393-3055. 

The CMMCP practices Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) , blending state of the 
art methods and techniques with expertise, experience and scientific research 
to provide member communities with modern, environmentally sound, cost 
effective mosquito control . 

The Mosquito Awareness Program which is offered to elementary schools in our 
district has become very popular. Project staff meet with students and 
teachers to discuss mosquito biology, mosquito habitat and control procedures. 
Much of the presentation is directed towards what the children and their 
families can do to prevent mosquitoes from breeding around their homes. Live 
samples of mosquito larvae are included with the presentation and are left in 
the classrooms so that students can watch them develop. Slides, videos, 
handouts and coloring books help to make this an interesting program. 

As part of the effort to reduce the need for pesticides, they continue to 
expand their water management program. By cleaning clogged and overgrown 
waterways, mosquito breeding can be reduced, wetlands are restored and water 
quality is improved. 

BTI mosquito larvacide is used to treat areas where mosquito larvae are found. 
They routinely check known breeding sites, but also encourage the public to 
notify them of any areas they suspect could breed mosquitoes. Field crews will 
investigate all such sites and treat if needed. 

The goal is to handle all mosquito problems with water management or 
larviciding but it is recognized that there are times when adult mosquito 
spraying is the only viable solution. In such cases residential and 
recreational areas are treated with either hand-held or pick-up mounted 
sprayers . 



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The project's surveillance program monitors adult mosquito and larval 
population density and is the backbone for prescribing various control 
techniqpaes. Rain gauges are set out and data collected by surveillance crews 
in an effort to predict when mosquito breeding will occur. 

The project's video "Working for You" is available to anyone interested in 
learning about mosquito control and the services provided by the Central 
Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project. 

Cemetery Division (685-3901) 

All regular maintenance work was carried out throughout the year, such as 
mowing grass, weeding, trimming, resetting grave markers, foundations for 
monuments were poured, etc. 



Burials 



Receipts 



Died in Wilmington 
Died Elsewhere 
Non-Res idents 
Cremations 
Infants 



39 
51 
51 
22 
4 



Interments 
Foundations for 

monuments 
Deeds 

Copy of Deeds 



$51, 000 . 00 

$ 3,447.45 
$ 79.00 
^ ■ 00 



167 



$54, 526 .45 



Reserve 



Trust Fund 



Sale of Lots 



$46,419.00 



Perpetual Care 
TOTAL 



$ 44,523.00 
$145, 468 .45 



Parks & Grounds Division (658-4481) 




All regular 
maintenance was 
carried out 
throughout the 
year such as 
cutting grass, 
trimming shrubs, 
marking 
ballfields for 
baseball , 
Softball , 
football, field 
hockey and 
soccer. Also, 
all fields and 
parks were 
fertilized. 



DPW crews ready the Town Common Jor Spring. 



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The Glen Road field's backstops were installed and sleeves were installed on 
two (2) fields to allow for the installation of chain link fence. 

The track at the High School was sealed and painted. 

The Woburn Street School ballfields were upgraded. We installed an irrigation 
system and seeded the fields. 

The Little League Park at Rotary Park has been upgraded with new clay and some 
new sod. 

Enqineerincf Division (658-4499) 

The Engineering Division assisted town departments, boards and commissions with 
engineering related projects, such as, but not limited to: 

Highway Division: With the layout and construction specifications for 
sidewalks and with solutions to drainage problems and other engineering related 
work . 

Planning Board & Conservation Commission: Reviewed subdivision plans and made 
recommendations to the Planning Board and inspected subdivision roadway 
construction . 

Household Rubbish Collection, Disposal and Recycling (658-4481) 
The responsibility for overseeing the contract for household rubbish and 
recycling is a function of the Department of Public Works. If homeowners have 
any questions or complaints, please call the above number. 

I would like to compliment and thank the 60% of the residents who are 
recycling, and the other 40%, please start! Every ton that is removed from the 
waste stream and recycled saves the town $120.00 in disposal costs. 

Water & Sewer Division (658-4711) 

Water : The wells located at Chestnut Street, Salem Street and Town Park were 
rehabilitated to aid in maximum pumping efficiency. In addition, the Town 
Park well had an 18-inch insert screen installed to repair the deteriorated 
existing screen. 

The department has continued replacing old, galvanized two- inch water mains 
with 8 -inch ductile iron pipe. This new pipe allows for providing fire 
hydrants to neighborhoods that previously did not have them. Any resident who 
feels that their water supply, or fire hydrant location to their home, is 
inadequate is encouraged to call the Water Department for an evaluation. 

A raw water main has been designed and bid to connect the existing Shawsheen 
Avenue well field to the Butters Row Water Treatment Plant. This project 
should be completed by fall 1998. 

Hydrant markers were placed on all fire hydrants in town. This enables the 
department to better locate the hydrants for snow removal and the Fire 
Department to more quickly find a hydrant during an emergency. 



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During the spring months, a comprehensive water main flushing and valve 
exercising program was performed. This program aids in removing sediments in 
the water mains, identifies which fire hydrants need repair and helps ensure 
that the water gates in the system remain in good working condition. Needed 
repairs on the identified broken hydrants and water gates are also performed 
during this time period. 

The department maintains and repairs all water mains, services, hydrants, 
valves, storage tanks, pumping stations and water treatment facilities in the 
town. In addition, the department removes the snow around fire hydrants and 
assists the Highway Department with roadway snow removal. 

The water rate was again reduced by a vote of the Water and Sewer Commission 
this year. The previous rate was $2.46 per hundred cubic feet and present 
rate is $2.2 9 per hundred cubic feet. 

Pumping Statistics: 

Maximum Gallons Per Day 4,967,600 

Maximum Gallons Per Week 29,933,700 

Maximum Gallons Per Month 117,751,400 

Average Gallons Per Day 2,892,103 

Average Gallons Per Month 87,968,144 

Total Gallons Per Year (Treated) 1,055,617,730 

Total Gallons Per Year (Raw) 1,155,298,560 

Precipitation Statistics: 

Annual Rain Fall (Inches) 34.72" 
Annual Snow Fall (Inches) 49.25" 

Consumption Statistics: 

Municipal Use (Gallons) 5,827,189 

Percentage of Total Pumped 1% 

Residential Use (Gallons)* 561,528,133 

Percentage of Total Pumped 53% 

Industrial Use (Gallons) 328,442,910 

Percentage of Total Pumped 31% 

Total Metered Use (Gallons)** 895,798,233 

Percentage of Total Pumped 85% 

Unaccounted for Use (Gallons) 159,819,497 

Percentage of Total Pumped 15% 

* Residential use includes all residences and small commercial users using 
5/8 inch meters. 

** The difference between water pumped and water metered represents 

unaccounted for water use and consists of water used for flushing mains, 
main breaks, fighting fires, street sweeping, etc. 



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Water Distribution System: 



The following new water mains were constructed in 1997 



Locat ion 


Lencfth 


Size 


Avery Street & Aldrich Road 


50' 


6 " 


Aspen Drive 


300' 


8" 


Canyon Street 


150 ' 


8" 


Cherokee Estates 


850' 


8" 


Elizabeth Drive 


1, 400' 


8" 


Lexington Street 


400' 


8" 


Marion Street 


1, 100' 


8" 


Mather & Walnut Streets 


738' 


8" 


Meadow Brook Road 


180' 


8" 


01ms tead Avenue 


180' 


8" 


Walker Street 


450' 


8" 


Evergreen Estates 


800' 


10" 


White Pines Subdivision 


535' 


10 & 1 


Total water mains installed in 


1997 were 50 


feet of 


inch and 1,335 feet of 10 and 


12 inch. There were 1 



Hydrants 

1 
1 
1 
3 
2 
1 
2 
1 
1 
1 
1 
3 




inch, 5,748 feet of 8 
hydrants and 7 3 services 



installed . 




Water Department responds to a water mam break on Main Street. 



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Sewer Collection System: 



Sewer : The department has added another sewer pump station to its system and 
is located in Shawsheen Commons . This brings the total number of pump 
stations in town to three. This station will pump sewerage from this area to 
the Silver Lake Interceptor. This station will allow for future sewer 
expansion, if needed, in the west side of town. 

Repairs were made to the sewerage collection system in the Woburn Street and 
Industrial Way areas. These repairs will reduce Inflow and Infiltration into 
the sewer system, which will reduce the flow to the MWRA. This is a positive 
step both financially and environmentally for the town. 

The Water and Sewer Commission has reduced the sewer rate for the fifth 
consecutive year. The rate decrease for FY98 was 8.4%, changing the rate from 
$2.70 per hundred cubic feet to the new rate of $2.46 per hundred cubic feet. 

The following new sewer lateral was constructed in 1997: 

Location Length Size 

Broad Street 300' 8" 



In concluding my report, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 
Police Department for keeping the Department of Public Works informed during 
the winter months of the road conditions, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 
6:30 a.m. weekdays, weekends and holidays and all various departments for their 
cooperation extended during the year. I would like to thank the Town Manager, 
the Assistant Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen for their support 
throughout the year. Last but not least, the employees of the Department of 
Public Works who made 1997 a very productive year, my sincere thanks and 
appreciation . 



Wilmington Public Schools 



Wilmington Public Schools have concluded a successful year of providing a 
sound educational program for its current students and moving forward with 
significant plans to improve the system for our future students. In October, 
a broad-based team of parents, community leaders and educators updated the 
district's Strategic Plan to guide our efforts over the next five years. 
Strategies were identified in the following eight areas: student behavior 
management, technology, professional development, curriculum system, 
communication, funding, growth management and parent and community 
partnerships . 

Our greatest challenge and opportunity has been the initial planning for the 
new middle school, supported by Wilmington citizens in a town vote last 
spring. The Permanent Building Committee and the School Committee have 
approved the design specifications for the school prepared by Architectural 



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Resources Cambridge, Inc. (ARC). The school, to open in school year 2000, 
will house all middle school students. When the new middle school is ready, a 
district-wide reorganization will occur to make the best use of our school 
facilities to relieve overcrowding across the system. 

To address the immediate elementary space needs, we opened four first grade 
classrooms at the Boutwell School, using space made available by relocating 
the pre-school program to Wilmington High School. The "Shawsheen Annex" is 
operating in newly furnished classes with students periodically joining their 
peers for enrichment programs back at the Shawsheen. 

The Wilmington Technology Plan was approved by the Department of Education in 
August and we have received a matching grant for $95,000. We have a new 
Technology Coordinator, Lee McCanne, who is providing leadership in updating 
the technologies available to teachers and students across the system. 

Wilmington Schools have further benefited from the support of various 
organizations. The Wilmington Educational Foundation reached its goal of 
$17,500 in funds raised to purchase micro-based computer equipment to complete 
the high school science computer lab. The Wilmington Rotary Club continued to 
support the schools through a generous donation to underwrite the costs of the 
middle school "After School Program." 

The community's support allows the professional staff to focus our mission of 
providing "a student -centered education which fosters critical inquiry 
enabling the individual to be a productive citizen, respectful of self and 
others, capable of adapting to a changing world and its technology." As we 
implement the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and prepare for the 
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing, we will continue to 
strive to educate our students for success in the 21st century. 

TECHNOLOGY 

During the 97/98 academic year significant strides have been made to create 
both an administrative and physical infrastructure to support the use of 
educational technologies. Among the most notable achievements for the year 
were the following items: 

The creation and approval of the Wilmington Public Schools Five Year 
Technology Plan. This plan which was developed by the Technology Task Force 
(a group comprising both the school system and community members) outlines the 
basic vision for technology use and implementation over the next five years. 

The hiring of a technology coordinator to organize the implementation of 
educational technologies throughout the district. 

The transition of computer platform at Wilmington High School. The High 
School had been a largely Macintosh environment until the purchase of 46 
Windows PC's for use in the school. Most of the Macintosh computers were 
subsequently moved to the North and West Intermediate Schools to support 
curricular materials in Language Arts. 



Several of our schools were wired for local area networks during this year, 
starting with the Shawsheen Elementary School (which spearheaded an 
extraordinary effort to run a NetDay) and following with the Woburn Street 
School . 

A wide area network was put in place by MediaOne at the end of January 1998. 
This hybrid fiber/coax network will provide communication and Internet access 
to all town buildings. This capability, provided through the town 
government's re-negotiation of the cable contract, will be a tremendous asset 
to the schools . 

Computer/AV multimedia carts were purchased for the middle schools to augment 
and enhance the curriculum. Recent purchases of new textbooks with included 
multimedia materials required the purchase of equipment to utilize the 
supporting educational materials. Two state-of-the-art multimedia 
presentation stations were purchased for each middle school . 

The elementary schools each received five new computers in an effort to expand 
the opportunity our students have regarding access to technology tools. Each 
principal had the opportunity to place these computers where they would be the 
most effective within their building. 

Inservice workshops for teachers in the area of technology integration are 
planned for both the spring term and summer. These workshop courses will 
enable our teaching staff to best utilize the limited equipment we have to 
offer our students and staff. 

In conclusion, the 97/98 academic year has been one of increased effort and 
presence in the area of educational technologies. We are preparing our system 
of curriculum and instruction for a new age education. 

WILMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 

The 1996-1997 school year has brought many exciting changes for Wilmington 
High School. As we continue to implement the Education Reform Act of 1993, 
the High School has adopted a new schedule, welcomed additional staff and 
revised programs. Each curriculum area is experiencing some improvement and 
revision which includes the adoption of new textbooks, the introduction of new 
courses and the expansion of present programs. High school teachers have been 
involved in various workshops and seminars which are helping them to 
strategize their teaching in the long block. Some of the workshops are also 
training the staff to incorporate technology into their lesson plans. 

Wilmington High School is also preparing for its impending accreditation 
scheduled for the 1999-2000 school year. Principal Edward Woods and several 
teachers attended the annual meeting of the New England Association of Schools 
and Colleges which was held in December in order to learn about the changes in 
the Standards for Accreditation. The accreditation process is a long and 
difficult task. A Steering Committee has been formed and all are eager to 
begin this process. The co-chairpersons of this committee are Mr. Robert 
Cripps and Mrs. Kathleen Bell. The first step in this process is to prepare a 
Statement of Purpose. This is probably the most important part of the 
accreditation process and will be followed by a self-study. All work done 
during the self -study must relate to the Statement of Purpose. 



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The academic climate at the High School continues to improve. The Student-of- 
the-Month program is still a part of our commitment to recognize students for 
their outstanding efforts and exemplary attitude. There are several academic 
events in which the high school students participate. In November, the High 
School Academic Decathlon Team participated in the Massachusetts State 
Competition of the United States Academic Decathlon. Fourteen high schools 
were represented at Ashland High School in an all day contest which consisted 
of seven (7) written tests in the areas of Art, Music, Language Arts, 
Mathematics, Social Sciences, Science and Globalization. The overall standing 
of the Wilmington Team was sixth place, and many of our team members came away 
with medals and ribbons. This team will also participate in a second meet to 
be held at North Reading High School on Saturday, January 31st. The Business 
Department is also preparing eighteen students for the upcoming DECA District 
Competition to be held on January 29th. These students will compete in a 
written and oral test in the marketing education field. Students who score in 
the top six will be eligible to compete in the State Competition in March. On 
April 13, 1998, Eric Brassil will represent Wilmington High School at the 
annual Student Government Day program at the State House in Boston. Mrs. 
Lesley Basmajian, a member of the Social Studies Department, is the advisor 
for this program. The Student Government Day is a state -mandated program 
which encourages students to learn more about the structure of our state 
government. To become active citizens requires an understanding of the rights 
and responsibilities integral to democratic government. 

The School -To-Careers program, which began last year at Wilmington High 
School, has sponsored its second annual Job Shadowing Day. This most 
successful event matched 42 seniors with mentors from local area businesses so 
that they could connect with the workplace. Participation by businesses and 
their employees gave the students a valuable learning experience. Analog 
Devices hosted several students with interests in electrical engineering, 
computer programming, marketing and human resources. 

Screenprint/Dow sponsored two students interested in business administration 
and accounting. A student who is focused on mechanical engineering was 
mentored by the members of the engineering department at Lightolier 
Corporation. The McCarthy Insurance Companies set up a mentoring experience 
in business management. Teachers at The Wonder Years Early Childhood Center 
mentored five students for the day in infant care, pre -school and 
kindergarten. Textron Defense Systems created experiences in architecture, 
corporate law and international business. Other areas of interest that were 
explored included speech pathology, television broadcasting, physical therapy 
and psychology. Continued support from members of the Wilmington 
School/Business Partnership and their employees made this learning experience 
valuable and successful. In addition to job shadowing, the School -To-Careers 
Program has also developed an Internship program. Twenty- three seniors are 
currently enrolled in this internship course. They are taking classes that 
help them identify career interests, attitudes surrounding work and 
understanding their own personality profiles. Together with this knowledge, 
students are better able to map out their own personal educational plan. 



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The Business Department is also experiencing technological changes. 
Typewriters have been replaced with computers and the Computer Lab is in full 
swing using Microsoft Office 97. All current Freshmen are required to take a 
Computer Technology course which introduces the students to Windows 95 and 
Microsoft Word. Other computer courses are working on Word, Excel, PowerPoint 
and Access . 

Our World Language Department is participating in an exchange trip to France. 
Nineteen high school students are planning for a two-week trip to France and 
England in February. The first part of the trip will be a homestay in Reims, 
France, where our students will be hosted by students from Saint Michel High 
School and attend classes with them. The trip will offer many sightseeing 
opportunities including a visit to the Palace of Versailles. The students 
will spend the last three days of the trip in London, visiting Windsor Castle 
and enjoying the theater in London. In April, a group of 2 Saint Michel 
students will arrive in Wilmington for a week's homestay. Plans for the group 
include a day trip to Sturbridge Village and afternoon visits to the State 
House, the Museum of Science, the Freedom Trail and Quincy Market. 

The Social Studies Department is also embarking upon some new and innovative 
program enhancements. Throughout the second quarter, students in Mr. Carr's 
World Cultures classes have been conducting research on various countries of 
the world. They will put this knowledge to use during third quarter when they 
participate in "Bringing the World to Our Children, " a Model United Nations 
Program which features a series of class sessions that teach negotiation, 
communication, research and conflict resolution skills. The program was 
developed by the United Nations Association of greater Boston and is intended 
to raise student awareness about the United Nations and global issues while, 
at the same time, teach them practical skills which can be applied to their 
daily lives. This program will run for three weeks and will culminate in a UN 
Security Council simulation in which students will represent the countries 
which they have researched and apply all that they have learned in making 
decisions to solve an imaginary conflict of global concern. 

The Mathematics Department has recently replaced most of its textbooks with 
new up- to- standard texts. There has been a very positive response from the 
students. Also each Mathematics classroom now has an overhead projector. The 
use of these projectors gives the teachers the option of varying instruction. 
The Geometry classes are enjoying the software which was added to the MacLab 
this year. Geometer's Sketchpad was purchased and is incorporated into the 
new Geometry textbook. This software makes the subject come alive for the 
student. The Mathematics Department also hosted a workshop offered by the 
Casio Education Division. The instructor demonstrated the newest Casio 
calculator with TV interface. The TV interface may be used two ways in the 
classroom. It may be used with students following along with their own 
calculators, or it can be used to present a lesson. Making use of the 
calculator allows for many more graphs to be presented to enhance a lesson. 
For the first time since 1989, Wilmington High School is participating in the 
New England Mathematics League. This league sponsors contests that are given 
monthly throughout the school year. During the 1996-1997 school year, more 
than 1,190 schools participated in these challenging math contests. The goal 
is to encourage interest in mathematics through problem solving activities. 



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The English Department has also been busy with developing more strategies and 
techniques through their participation in various workshops. In December, 
Sharlene Olson and Peter Murphy, two of the English Department staff, 
participated in a workshop which presented ways to help students to write 
well. All members of the English Department, as well as special education 
teachers, have been trained in the process which was presented at this 
workshop. Better overall student performance is expected with the 
implementation of the techniques and strategies which were developed in this 
training, 

A computer lab has been added to the high school Science Department . Along 
with the computers, the addition of microcomputer-based laboratory tools have 
been made available to this lab. Through the efforts of the Wilmington 
Education Foundation, many local businesses made donations which made this 
laboratory possible. The MBL tools make it possible for students to use the 
computers for data collection and manipulation. The Science Department is 
also looking forward to its annual Science Fair which is held in early spring. 

NORTH AND WEST INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS 

Both the North and West Intermediate Schools continue to work toward providing 
our sixth, seventh and eighth grade students with appropriate curriculum 
materials, after school activities, exploratory opportunities and a developing 
partnership with the community. This exciting population of young people 
continues to grow in numbers and enthusiasm and we continue to strive toward 
providing appropriate experiences and opportunities to meet success. 

New textbooks and curriculum materials in math, language arts and world 
languages were implemented raising the standards and expectations of our 
students. Continuing work toward upgrading our science and social studies is 
ongoing with study teams examining and initialing improvements in these areas. 
Schedule changes in the arts, business technology, media and health areas are 
providing students with a consistent and more concentrated middle level 
experience. Primary to these goals has been the investment in professional 
staff development, workshops and course work. Research for better teaching 
and site-based professional development opportunities continue to enrich the 
skills and techniques of middle school educators. The strong collaborative 
efforts of both the North and West adds to the collegiality , exchanges of 
ideas and positive approaches to the young people at both schools. 




Runners prepare to take part in the Bamberg/Warford 5K road race. 



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The intermediate schools are working with central office, public buildings and 
parents to prepare our buildings for new technology. A partnership with the 
town and commitment by local businesses will continue to provide resources to 
students. Computer access, a media link and strong effort at bringing adult 
role models such as Junior Achievement into our schools have increased 
steadily. Our goals and plans remain unchanged as we push toward more student 
and staff technological resources. 

An After-School Program at both schools has been restored providing students 
with access to school resources after school, health and wellness 
opportunities and appropriate peer group activities. Transportation and 
properly supervised experiences are engaging many students and extending their 
education beyond the dismissal time. Homework assistance and extra help are 
also after school opportunities at both schools. 




These activities add to 
other successful middle 
school programs such as 
DARE, Odyssey of the Mind, 
Adopt -A-Grandmother , Select 
Chorus, Peer Mediation and 
our site-based student 
activity periods. Those 
periods provide over twenty- 
five choices to students 
including such opportunities 
as Student Council, Maya 
Quest, performing arts, 
academic support, community 
service, physical education, 
drama or murals. The 
variety and interest allows 
students to be more actively 
involved and included. 
Students at both schools 
continue to come together 
and share experiences 
through events such as Team 
Harmony, Wilmington Family 
Counseling programs. Peer 
Learning, field trips such as the class trip to Washington, D.C. or social 
events such as school dances. New programs such as Junior National Honor 
Society and proposals for a Math League and Creative Arts will be ongoing 
goals. The support for all these continue to be a focus of our school 
councils and school improvement plans. 



North Intermediate National Geography Bee Champion Alexander Stevenson. 



Lastly, we are intensifying our efforts to address recently approved state 
curriculum frameworks and preparations for standardized tests and student 
assessment. Whether time on task, school climate, inclusionary practices for 
special learners or raised expectations, both the North and West continue to 
build bridges to our community resources and commitment to its young people! 



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SHAWSHEEN SCHOOL 



The parents, children and faculty of the Shawsheen Elementary School continue 
to choose yearly themes that focus on the development of social values . This 
year the theme for the school is Acceptance and Diversity. Acceptance, 
openness, respect and caring help our students foster respect for differences, 
accept others and appreciate their differences. Young children develop both a 
positive sense of their ovm identity and respect for other people whose 
perspective and experience may be different from their own. Every child has 
something uniquely important and everyone is equally a worthwhile individual. 

Through the arduous efforts of our parents, the entire school was wired for 
Internet access in March of 1997. Each classroom has at least one computer 
connected to the MediaOne Internet access. In addition to internet access, 
the children in grades one through three are being encouraged to participate 
in an interactive SuccessMaker program which strengthens the children's 
independent abilities in the areas of reading and mathematics. 

The staff of the Shawsheen School, in an effort to increase their professional 
abilities and skills, is participating in a systematic training program 
entitled Understanding Teaching. "We believe that a teacher's skill makes a 
difference in student performance, not only in achievement scores on tests, 
but in students' sense of fulfillment in school and their feelings of well- 
being." Professional development continues in the review of the Massachusetts 
Curriculum Frameworks and the studies of how children learn using the theories 
of Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence. 

Reading Recovery Program 

One of our staff members is being trained at Lesley College in Reading 
Recovery. Reading Recovery is an early intervention program designed to 
reduce literacy problems in an educational system. It is an intensive program 
for primary grade students having difficulty in reading. Each child receives 
a thirty-minute instruction program progressing by levels. Success rates are 
extremely high. 

Math/Science Evenings have been an important part of our enrichment extension 
for parents and students. The evenings of Math and Science exploration, 
organized by teachers, invites parents to come to the school with their child 
and problem solve, experiment and discover together. It is certainly a 
challenging experience for students and parents. Math and Science come ALIVE! 

A Student Council has been organized at the school this year. There are five 
(5) students elected from each fifth grade classroom to form the Council. The 
Student Council has thirty (30) members, including a president, vice- 
president, secretary and treasurer. The Student Council meets every Friday to 
develop leadership, pride and responsibility among the council members. The 
members represent their classmates' ideas and views, give input into school 
policies, develop school spirit and set a standard of conduct to support the 
goals of the school. The Student Council has established a safety patrol to 
help with morning and afternoon dismissal. Other projects for the year are: 
community service, beautif ication of the school, parent tours and assisting 
with special programs. 



Peer Leadership Program 

The Shawsheen Technical School sponsors an after-school Peer Leadership 
Program for students at the Shawsheen School . The high school students and 
educational staff interact with the students in terms of mentor, coach, role 
model and support person. Many activities are planned for the children during 
the afternoon. It is truly a valuable and rewarding experience for both the 
high school student and the Shawsheen students . 

Parent Advisory Council 

The Shawsheen School Parent Advisory Council is an active organization 
supporting the school with an exceptional Enrichment Program. Mini -Grants 
have been awarded to the staff in the amount of $8,000. There is great 
support for Educational Field Trips and Family Programs that bring parents and 
children together in school. 

The Shawsheen School community continues to grow. This school year we moved 
four grade one classrooms to the Boutwell Early Childhood Center making room 
for four new classrooms at the Shawsheen School and decreasing class size. We 
have used all our available space for classroom use. The Wilmington community 
has responded to the lack of educational space by building a new middle school 
set to open in September 2000. We are committed to helping all children 
discover and develop their talents and strengths, improve the quality of 
teaching and technology and to prepare our children for the world beyond. 

The Shawsheen School provides each child with an education which will help to 
develop his/her abilities and capabilities. The main outcome for our students 
should be a strong academic foundation of language and math skills, critical 
thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills and knowing how to learn based 
on the Multiple Intelligence Theory of Howard Gardner. Self-esteem building 
of risk-taking, respect and love of learning is a necessary component of the 
educational day. Both self-esteem and academic achievement are interactive: 
self-esteem enables perseverance and academic success; academic success 
enhances self-esteem. 

WILDWOOD SCHOOL 

Wildwood' s Elementary School Improvement Plan emphasizes a positive school 
climate and positive student friendships as key goals for the school 
community. The PRIDE Program (Politeness, Responsibility, Integrity, 
Determination and Excellence) recognizes students who contribute to achieving 
these goals, thereby helping themselves and the school at large. A bulletin 
board in the school foyer further emphasizes the development of a caring 
Wildwood community. Each month the students from one grade level work 
together to identify an appropriate theme and create a project that 
illustrates how that theme strengthens a community. In November and December, 
the concept of community was broadened to include the larger Wilmington 
community. Children brought food items to be donated to the Wilmington Food 
Pantry and the school worked with Anton's Cleaners to provide winter coats for 
needy children and adults. During the holidays, Wildwood students and staff 
made donations of soap, toys, clothes and other small personal items to the 
children at the New England Pediatric Care Center in Billerica. The creation 
of a caring school community is one step in the development of caring students 
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During the past year physical improvements have continued to be made at the 
Wildwood School. Many of the windows in the primary wing classrooms and 
bathrooms have been replaced and new rugs have been purchased for the library 
and office. Also, new partitions, furniture and counters have been added to 
the office area. These improvements allow for a safer environment, an 
improved atmosphere and the comfortable co-existence of the Wildwood School 
and the Extended Day Program. 

The Wildwood School continues to focus on improving literacy at all grade 
levels. The students are participating in a school -wide reading incentive 
program, "ABC Challenge, " whereby the students are rewarded for reading at 
home. A well-known children's author, Jerry Pallotta, will visit the students 
later in the school year and special autographed books will be presented to 
all children who reach the final goal. Students at all grade levels continue 
to participate in book swaps to encourage their interest in quality literature 
and students in grades one and two bring home reading bags with quality 
reading selections, stuffed animals and reading response journals. A reading 
night is also featured at the school during which students dress in pajamas, 
read favorite stories and enjoy snacks. 

The staff has continued to study the state curriculum frameworks and is 
preparing for the state's fourth grade assessments, which are administered in 
May. The consensus of the staff was to recommend that the professional 
development committee direct funds to support a study group to address the 
science frameworks and to recommend additional science materials to supplement 
the existing program. 

Through the district's commitment to professional development, the entire 
staff has been trained in Research for Better Teaching strategies. These 
strategies help teachers incorporate the latest brain research into updated 
instructional practices. The staff has been aggressive in their involvement 
in other worthwhile learning experiences to improve instruction. 

The staff continues to provide learning and sharing opportunities for both 
students and parents. Some of these shared learning opportunities include 
grade level plays, demonstrations, book sharing, character role plays, poetry 
readings, project displays and musical programs. 

The Wildwood School Council is implementing an ambitious school plan which was 
influenced by responses from parents and staff as well as information obtained 
from surveys. In addition to the goal of creating a positive school climate 
and fostering an appreciation for reading, the School Improvement Plan 
recommends the following actions: 

• Promoting good organizational skills by purchasing homework organizers and 
"Quick Word" dictionaries 

• Conducting a second annual math awareness/exploration evening 

• Offering fourth and fifth grade students the after school enrichment 
program, "Odyssey of the Mind" 

• Presentation to parents to ease the transition from kindergarten to grade 
one 

• Continuing to support students and staff with educational tutors 



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• Enhancing the physical appearance around the entrance to the school 

• Continuing to address concerns about the lunch period and instituting a pay- 
ahead system for the students 

• Improving the playground 

• Addressing safety and traffic flow at dismissal time 
WOBURN STREET SCHOOL 

The Woburn Street Elementary School students will explore the Italian 
Renaissance Era this year. The varied works of Leonardo Di Vinci will be a 
primary focus. This will be year two of the Art Gallery project that began 
last year with an exhibit of selected works by French Impressionist, Claude 
Monet. Students will be involved in selecting several pieces of Di Vinci's 
work that will be displayed in the school cafeteria, also known as the Richard 
DeRosas Art Gallery, so named in dedication to the school's recently retired 
assistant principal. Students will also be responsible for the operation of 
the gallery. 

Children's author Jeffrey Kelly 
was our "Writer-in-Residence" 
during the month of November . 
During that time he worked with 
fourth and fifth grade students 
to help them understand the 
writing process and to improve 
their own writing. Sponsored 
by the Parent Advisory Council, 
the residency program began 
with an assembly where Mr. 
Kelly introduced students to 
the writing process. He told 
students that he writes from 
personal experiences such as 
adventures, accidents and weird 
happenings. Utilizing his own 
manuscripts, he demonstrated 
the stages of drafting, 
rewriting, editing and 
completed text. Mr. Kelly then 
visited classrooms several 
times to conduct workshops 
during which he helped students 
generate ideas. Students then 
wrote and illustrated their 
stories. Students will be 
sharing their stories at the 
annual Writer's Exposition 
Evening to be held this spring. 

The Woburn Street School also sponsored an inservice workshop for all 
elementary teachers with Mr. Kelly on Reading Students' Writing for Content. 
The seminar focused on teacher feedback, both written and verbal, that can 
help students clarify their purpose for writing and to write more clearly. 




5lh grade student, Melissa Esremera. paints her own impression of Claude 
Monet's Japanese Footbridge at the grand opening of the "DeRosas Art Gallery," 
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In November, fourth and fifth grade students from Woburn Street and Wildwood 
Elementary Schools participated in a two-day Peer Mediation training program. 
Peer mediation is a process of resolving disputes and conflicts with the help 
of a neutral third party, allowing children an opportunity to work out their 
differences cooperatively. During this training students learned the 
importance of being good listeners. They learned to attend to both the 
disputant's words and body language and to uncover underlying feelings. They 
learned how to paraphrase and to ask probing questions to gain information 
about intent, attitudes and feelings. Through role-playing they learned about 
the importance of impartiality and confidentiality. Throughout the remainder 
of this year. Peer Mediators will apply their new understanding and skills 
dealing with real conflicts at our school. 

This past fall over 150 parents and their children attended a Grade 2 Math and 
Science Night. The evening was designed to encourage parent involvement in 
problem- solving, experimentation, and discovery. Teachers Patricia Coffill 
and Anne Keeler planned the evening as a PALMS (Partners Assisting Learning in 
Mathematics and Science) initiative to promote student learning in math and 
science . 

The Woburn Street School staff has been involved in a Technology Study Group. 
The teachers meet monthly to explore new software applications and share ideas 
as to how they can be integrated into the curriculum. The study group will 
continue this academic year to include on-line activities and to explore web 
sites that will enhance lessons and curriculum units. 

BOUTWELL SCHOOL 

The Boutwell School opened in September with new and exciting changes within 
its doors. We sadly said goodbye to our preschool children, parents and staff 
and gladly welcomed new friends from the Shawsheen School. Four first grade 
classes from the Shawsheen district came to the Boutwell. This transition 
helped in alleviating high classroom numbers at all grade levels. Our 
children were welcomed with banners and balloons on their arrival and first 
grade students received buttons proclaiming "WE'RE FIRST AT BOUTWELL!" 

With the coming of our first grade students came the addition of a full- 
service kitchen, an expanded library facility and additional support staff. 
We welcome our new staff members, Ms. Barry, Ms. Foresteire, Ms. Slosek and 
Ms. LaBossiere, all first grade teachers; Ms. LaCreta, Art; Ms. Callahan, 
Physical Education; Mr. Alcabes, Music; along with Ms. Mahoney and Ms. Demos 
in the library. We also welcomed Ms. McDevitt, Special Education; Ms. 
Geljookian, school nurse; and Ms. Convery in Food Services. A head teacher 
position was also established, providing an on-site administrative liaison 
position for the Kindergarten and First Grade Programs. Mrs. Ablove works in 
this position under the guidance of Mr. Arsenault and Mr. Gorham. 

The Extended Day Kindergarten Program, along with before and after school care 
is now offered at the Boutwell for Kindergarten and First Grade students every 
school day. This program continues to be a great asset to our children and 
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The staff at the 
Boutwell has formed two 
different, but closely 
associated, study groups 
this year. One is 
focused on investigating 
extended and full -day 
Kindergarten Programs. 
Members have been busy 
visiting several towns 
currently having such 
programs, meeting with 
Wilmington 

Administrative Staff and 
meeting with academic 
representatives from 
Boston colleges to 
gather information and 
study such prospects in 
our own town in the 
future . 

Another larger study group has focused on curriculum revision and development. 
This is especially timely given Massachusetts Education Reform Act and the new 
state mandated curriculum frameworks. The goal of this team is to revise our 
present curriculum to dovetail with the frameworks and current educational 
practice . 

Professional development is always time well spent for staff members. All 
teachers will or have participated in Research for Better Teaching, which 
updates teachers in current literature and teaching strategies. Several 
teachers participated in summer programs including Whole Language Conferences, 
Literacy Institutes, Curriculum Frameworks and technology training. A 
Mentoring program has also involved many veteran and new teachers providing 
additional teacher training and support for teachers in our school system. 

Safety is always a primary concern at the Boutwell School. To this end, the 
children at the Boutwell participated in important bus and fire safety 
programs in the fall. Lt . McMahon from the Wilmington Fire Department and 
Officer Shelley of the Wilmington Police Department, provided demonstrations 
and stressed safety rules and practices on busses, in our school buildings, at 
home and in the community. 

Literacy month in November meant busy days with visitations from local 
dignitaries coming to our school to read to the children. Staff members 
visited classrooms, children continued to take books home for leisure 
enjoyment and books made by the children were displayed at the town library 
for community enjoyment. 

To add to our busy daily academic schedule, field trips to the Shawsheen 
School for first graders have added a cultural focus. First grade and 
kindergarten children were invited to the West Intermediate to enjoy a musical 




hire Chief Daniel R. Stewart took part in Literacy Month by reading to 
students at the Boutwell School. 



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program entitled, A Story Collection-Three Fairy Tales, performed by the 
eighth grade students. A festive holiday season was highlighted by our Winter 
Celebration, where all of the children captivated family and friends with 
traditional, multi-cultural songs. 

Our Parent Advisory 




Council has 
continued in its 
active involvement 
and support at the 
Boutwell School. 
They have sponsored 
several fund 
raisers, including 
gift wrap, a book 
fair, Papa Gino's 
Night , box top 
collection and a 
coat drive . 
Monthly meetings 
are offered and all 
are welcome . 



Assistant Town Manager Jeffrey M. Hull reads to students during Literacy Month at the 
Boutwell School. 

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT 

As the enrollment increases so does the need for more art teachers. This year 
the Fine Arts program expanded our department from a two-fifths to a full-time 
middle school teacher and added a part-time elementary teacher. In the middle 
schools this year, both the sixth and eighth grades take art daily for one 
semester. The classes are split in half so the combination of a smoother 
sequence of learning and increased attention has improved the atmosphere and 
quality of art work produced. 

The State Frameworks for the Creative Arts is still being revised. However, 
the faculty has been reviewing them and other exemplary curriculums as we 
continue to revise ours. At our staff meetings we share the happenings in our 
schools, supporting our endeavors and doing curriculum revision. 

Karen Larrabee, at the Woburn Street School, organized an Impressionistic Art 
Gallery opening and show. The cafeteria is now graced with Impressionist's 
paintings and reproductions. At the opening, each class was represented by 
art work that had been influenced by particular Impressionistic painters. The 
High School Art Department once again participated in the Chamber of 
Commerce's Business Expo. Not only were two and three dimensional art works 
displayed but students gave their time towards painting the faces of small 
children. The Portfolio Class also continued their outreach program at 
Wilmington Woods Senior Residence. The students helped the residents create 
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The Fine Arts Department has continued to produce a Newsletter called, "Art 
News" each quarter. This publication contains the happenings around the 
system and is distributed to administrators and to the School Committee. The 
High School Art students participated in a three-week study of Racism and 
Peer- Pressure through the resources of the Facing History and Ourselves 
Program. They also attended a field trip to the Science Museum to view the 
Leonardo Di Vinci exhibit. This was in conjunction with the study of 
Renaissance Arts, in particular Di Vinci, as part of the High School 
curriculum. 

Our students continue to be awarded prizes in various contests but the aim of 
the program is the artistic, intellectual and personal growth of each student. 
Learning about periods of art history and artists, art principles and 
techniques and being supported towards creative production helps students not 
only develop creative thinking skills but also self-esteem. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT 

During the last calendar year the Special Education Department received 164 
referrals for initial TEAM evaluations and provided special education and 
related treatment services to approximately 560 special needs students ages 3- 
22 . 

The Special Education program expanded its speech and language therapy 
services during the past year to meet the growing need of three and four year 
old children who require early speech and language services. The department 
has added a half-time speech and language pathologist and a full-time 
communication assistant to provide more therapy time and smaller therapy 
groups. Additionally, the department has expanded its integrated therapies 
approach with preschool students combining, where appropriate, the services of 
the physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech pathologist within 
the school system's three preschool programs. This is having positive results 
and providing a holistic team approach to the education and treatment of very 
young children with special needs. 

The Special Education Department has received state grant funding to provide 
training for special education and regular education teachers in the 
implementation of our State's curriculum frameworks with special needs 
students. The focus of the training has been in classroom instructional 
modifications that are necessary for special needs students to achieve success 
in the school under the State's new Educational Reform Act. Another focus of 
these trainings emphasize methods of assessment that appropriately measure 
special needs students' achievements of standards despite the presence of 
varying disabilities. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT 

The Physical Education Department continued to serve all students (K-12) as 
well as providing an adaptive program for students with special needs. 



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The Health Program in Grades K-5, under the direction of Mrs. Laura Stinson, 
has incorporated "Project Charlie" into the curriculum. In Grade 5, we offer 
the DARE Program, in cooperation with the Wilmington Police Department and 
Officer Chip Bruce. These programs emphasize the importance of drug/alcohol 
education through the teaching of self-esteem, responsibility and decision- 
making . 

The Physical Education Department cited several students for Outstanding 
Achievement in Physical Education for 1996-1997: 

Class of 1997: Lisa Chin and Paul J. Heffernan 

Class of 1998: Karen MacArthur, Leann Bento, Ian Thomas and Joe Casey 

Class of 1999: Eric Hiltz, Greg Moran, Leah Staff iere and Josh Michaud 

Class of 2000: Mark Rappoli, Catherine Nichols, Patrick Heffernan and 

Meredith Cipriani 

Athletic Awards for 1997: 

Dr. Gerald Pagan Award - "To the Most Outstanding Wilmington High School 
Senior Athlete:" Sean Kerrigan and Jill Lojek 

Lawrence H. Gushing Award - "To the Senior Athlete Demonstrating Both 
Scholarship and Sportsmanship and Athletic Ability:" Christopher Di Julia and 
Paula DeCourcey 

Harold "Ding" Driscoll Award - "To a Senior with the Most Dedication to 
Sports:" Bill Tate and Julie Gillis 

Alumni Award - Recognizes a former outstanding student athlete who has gone on 
and continued to demonstrate their commitment to excellence: Dan Ballou 
(Class of 1993) and Keri Ann Bowlby (Class of 1993) 

"Top Ten" Award: 



Rank 


Name 


College 


1 


Chris DiJulia 


Providence College 


2 


Lisa Crowley 


Yale University 


4 


Joe Bamberg 


Benedictine University 


6 


Suzanne Williams 


Worcester State 


7 


Rob Torrani 


Providence College 


8 


Paula DeCourcey 


Suffolk University 


9 


Jullian Quigley 


Jacksonville University 



The 1997 Boys Basketball team, coached by Jim McCune, qualified for the State 
Tournament. The 1997 Ice Hockey Team, coached by Steve Scanlon, won the 
Division I League Championship. The 1997 Softball team, coached by Paul 
Lyman, won the Division I League Championship. The 1997 Girls Field Hockey 
Team, coached by Maureen Noone, won the Division I League Championship. The 
Girls Soccer team, coached by Sue Hendee, qualified for the State tournament. 
The Boys Soccer team, coached by Richard Scanlon, won the Division I League 
Championship, won the Eastern Massachusetts Championship and were State 
finalists . 



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SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE 



The Wilmington School Food Service Department renovated and opened another 
kitchen, the Boutwell School. We now are operating seven school kitchens. 
The Boutwell had been part of the elementary lunch program many years ago and 
when it was closed down, the equipment was transferred to other schools, 
making it necessary to re-equip and upgrade the facility. Through the 
cooperation and manpower of the Public Buildings Department, the storeroom was 
repainted and new wiring was installed. It was a cooperative effort by many 
and we were up and running the first day of school . 

The staff has continued to participate in training, completing the National 
Restaurant Association "Serv-Safe" Food Sanitation Program. We are always 
aware of our obligation to be on top of food safety regulations. Other 
workshops have been offered and taken by the staff. 

Our student meal participation has continued to rise. We served 292,864 
student meals and 13,366 senior citizen lunches. Lunch is a great buy at 
$1.25. 

We are also in the process, and it is an ongoing process, of analyzing our 
menus to conform to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) 
guidelines and regulations governing school lunches. We provide lunches low 
in sodium, sugar and fat with many choices for the students. 

We will again be participating in Framingham State College's graduate Intern 
Program. It involves mentoring a graduate school student who is pursuing a 
degree as a registered dietitian. It is a great opportunity for all of us to 
share the latest ideas and information. 

We continue to provide senior citizens with both meals-on-wheels and in-school 
lunches. It would be wonderful to have more seniors participate. The 
donation is $1.2 5 and they can participate by calling the Senior Drop- In 
Center the day before or order for a week at a time. 

We remain a self-supporting department within the school department. We are 
able to pay all salaries, including the director's and secretary's, all office 
expenses, the equipment renovation and purchase, all food and most maintenance 
costs as well as utilities for the school food service revolving account 
without subsidy from the School Department budget. 

PERSONNEL 

The following people retired from the Wilmington Public Schools this past 
year: Mr. Richard DeRosas, Assistant Principal of the Woburn Street 
Elementary School; Mrs. Beverly Shea, Librarian at Wilmington High School and 
Mrs. Lorraine Clark, Secretary in the High School office. The Wilmington 
school community wishes to thank these people for their many years of 
dedicated service to the children of Wilmington and wishes them many happy and 
healthful retirement years. 

In conclusion, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our 
appreciation to the administrators, teachers, parents and students who 
contributed their efforts to the Wilmington Public Schools during the 1996- 
1997 school year. A special note of thanks to the many town departments that 
cooperated with the school system in 1997. 



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Shawsheen Regional Vocational Technical 
High School District 



School Committee Representatives 

Elected representatives of the Regional School Committee are: Mark Trifiro and 
Peter Russo from Bedford; Kenneth L. Buffum, Vice Chairman, and Bernard F. 
Hoar, Treasurer, from Billerica; John P. Miller, Chairman, and Alfred Verrier 
from Burlington; J. Peter Downing and Patricia W. Meuse from Tewksbury; and 
James M. Gillis, Secretary, and Robert G. Peterson from Wilmington. 

Shawsheen Valley Technical High School is one of twenty-six regional 
vocational technical school districts in Massachusetts. Eleven hundred and 
fifty high school students were enrolled in comprehensive vocational/technical 
programs in October of 1997. The school has experienced a major increase in 
high school enrollment since October of 1992. Over eight hundred adults also 
participated in adult education courses, of which three adults were enrolled 
in certificate programs. Shawsheen' s comprehensive adult education program is 
the fifth largest in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition, two 
hundred junior high school students participated in the after school Career 
Exploration program funded by a grant from the federal government. 

Two hundred forty-seven seniors graduated in 1997. Sixty- three percent of the 
graduating class acquired jobs in their chosen profession and thirty percent 
pursued higher education. Three percent of the seniors joined the armed 
services. Shawsheen' s excellent graduation placement statistics continued to 
be amongst the very best in Massachusetts. 

Fifteen area colleges have developed articulation agreements with Shawsheen 
Valley Technical granting students college credit for the work completed 
during high school. Kiiown as the "Tech Prep" program, this unique approach in 
developing career paths for students while in high school, maximizes student 
interest to obtain advanced degrees in emerging technical areas and assures 
students a career educational path that is both relevant and rewarding. 
Industry leaders and educational professionals from throughout the United 
States have applauded Shawsheen Valley Technical 's Tech Prep program and have 
emulated it throughout the nation. 

Committed to Student Interest 

Ninth graders begin their high school years as inquisitive children and leave 
our institution as aspiring adults. We are committed to providing a nurturing 
and challenging high school experience second to none. Upon entering, 
students spend every other week experiencing and exploring fourteen different 
vocational/technical professions. With nineteen different programs to select, 
parents and students select eight of the fourteen areas they are scheduled to 
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study halls and providing a challenging eight- period school day, students can 
acquire all Carnegie Unit requirements for entrance into any college of their 
choice. Unfortunately, interest in attending Shawsheen Technical has grown 
beyond availability requiring a waiting list of students for the first time in 
a decade . 

By April of their freshman year, students select a vocational/technical 
profession they will major in for the next three and a quarter years. If they 
select Plumbing or Electrical, they will earn their 1,500 hour requirement for 
a journeyman's license prior to graduating from high school. If they select 
Cosmetology, they will acquire the 1,000 hours during high school needed to 
take the state examination. Program offerings range from Health Careers to 
Electronics to Telecommunications to Culinary Arts to Graphic Arts to Welding, 
and the public is invited to contact our Guidance Department at (978) 667-2111 
for a catalog of our diverse program offerings . 

In the fall of their senior year, many students begin employment with local 
companies during their shop week as apprentices or co-op placements. Over 250 
area company business persons serve on Shawsheen' s Craft Advisory Committees 
ensuring our curriculum, content and technology is up to date. Meeting twice 
each year with Shawsheen administrators, these local business persons are 
amongst the first that hire graduates from programs they had a part in 
developing . 

Shawsheen students participate in a wide variety of extracurricular 
activities. From the Honor Society to the School Play to Vocational Clubs of 
America Competitions against other vocational/technical schools in district, 
state, and national competitions, Shawsheen' s commitment to providing a wide 
range of activities for student development extends well beyond the classroom 
or athletic field. During the past school year over 3 52 Shawsheen students 
participated in interscholastic athletics and captured Commonwealth Athletic 
Conference championships in Cross Country, Girls' Volleyball, Wrestling, 
Girls' Basketball and Baseball. The Girls' Basketball team captured the 
Division IV North Sectional State Championship. The Volleyball, Boys' 
Basketball, Girls' Basketball, Ice Hockey, Softball and Baseball Teams all 
qualified for state tournament play. 

Shawsheen Valley Technical was awarded the inaugural "Walter Markham Memorial 
Award" from the Boston Globe in 1997 signifying the finest commitment to 
athletic excellence and sportsmanship. Varsity teams at Shawsheen Valley 
Technical won over seventy-six percent of contests ranking first in the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts compared to similar districts. 

Special Activities in 1997 

Many activities took place during 1997 that deserve special recognition: 

• Shawsheen English teachers created a Language Arts and Literature Magazine 
on the Internet. The "Ramblings Electronic School Literary Magazine" using 
front-page software is available for public view on the school's web site 
at www . shawsheen . tec . ma . us . Students publish research papers, essays and 
poems on the Rambling magazine. In addition, courses are outlined on the 



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web site along with student's homework assignments and descriptions of 
activities taking place in various classrooms. 



A direct Tl line and Pentium server 
Internet. All teachers are trained 
administrative and guidance offices 
computer labs with direct access to 
Telecommunications /Computer Science 



was installed for direct access to the 
on use of the Internet and all 
were hooked up to the Internet. New 
the Internet were installed in the 
Shop and the Automotive Shop. 



Renovations were made to the staff dining room area and the Auto Body- 
Department. A new switchboard/reception area was created at the entrance 
to the school and a modern computer aided Career Center was constructed in 
the Guidance suite. A new internal communication system was installed in 
all classrooms and an external voice mail system was purchased to improve 
communications between home and school . 



• Bell Atlantic awarded the school a $28,000 grant to assist teachers to 
develop new curriculum using Web page design on the Internet. Cross 
curriculum learning modules are being developed by a core group of academic 
teachers in mathematics, English, social studies, library science and 
special education. Using Front Page software, Shawsheen staff and students 
were selected as a model to assist other districts in integrating new 
technologies into school curriculum. 

• Microsoft invited Shawsheen administrators to Seattle, Washington to 
partner in the development of new education products. Mr. James Smyth, 
Director of Computer Technology, was invited to join Microsoft's national 
advisory committee on computer technology. 

• Since 1996 over 300 employees of the local towns have been trained at 
Shawsheen in Windows95, Word, Excel and Access. The school remains 
committed to providing professional development training for town and 
school employees. 

• Shawsheen was selected by the Massachusetts Department of Education as one 
of eleven schools to assist in the design and development of electronically 
reporting annual student reports. 

• The Shawsheen Adult Technical Institute graduated another Licensed 
Practical Nursing Class. Thirty-seven graduates successfully passed the 
state exam and all graduates secured jobs in the health industry at an 
average starting salary of $17.00 per hour. This tuition program, at no 
cost to member towns, is a prime example of a school - to-work program 
benefiting both the needs of our citizens and the business community. 

• John Judge, Director of Academics at Shawsheen since 1973, retired and 
received the annual "Kenneth L. Buffum Award." Mr. Judge was an exemplary 
educator totally dedicated to serving the needs of Shawsheen' s student 
population . 



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Community Projects 

Examples of the numerous community projects completed by Shawsheen students 
are as follows : 

• The Carpentry Department is building a trophy case for Burlington High 
School as well as some remodeling work at Burlington High School Library 
and are helping to revamp the orchestra pit at the High School . 

• Our Plumbing Department was able to assist the Town of Tewksbury with the 
layout and installation of the preliminary plumbing work for the Tewksbury 
Community Pantry. 

• Shawsheen students and teachers from several departments, carpentry, 
electrical, masonry and plumbing, built a two-story straight front colonial 
home with a farmer's porch, attic, three baths and five-zone water heat for 
Tim and Mary Roy of Billerica. Students are currently engaged in building 
a concession stand at the Marshall Middle School to be used for sporting 
events. This building will be complete with restrooms, storage areas and 
kitchen facilities. 

• We were pleased to participate in the Wilmington Business Expo sponsored by 
the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Our Culinary Arts teachers and 
students put on cooking, baking and cake decorating demonstrations and 
served samples of hot foods and freshly baked items . The Cosmetology 
Department put on demonstrations of the latest fashion, makeup and facial 
techniques as well as offering manicures to the public. 

Each project request is evaluated individually and its acceptance as a school 
project is based on whether it will meet our educational objectives. All 
expenses for projects, such as supplies and materials, are borne by those 
requesting the project. Groups or citizens interested in eligibility 
requirements should contact Mr. Anthony Bazzinotti, Director of 
Vocational/Technical Programs, at (978) 667-2111 xl43. 

Conclusion 

Shawsheen Tech's continued success is a direct result of the support received 
from District Town Administrators, Boards of Selectmen, Finance Committees, 
Town Meetings and citizens. We very much appreciate their cooperation and 
support . 



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Town Meetings 



WARRANT ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION - APRIL 19, 1997 
WITH ACTION TAKEN THEREON 

TO: CONSTABLE OF THE TOWN OF WILMINGTON: 

GREETINGS: In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the manner 
prescribed in the By-laws of said town, you are hereby directed to notify and 
warn the inhabitants of the town qualified to vote in town affairs to meet and 
assemble at the West Intermediate School (Precincts 1 and 2), the Wildwood 
School (Precincts 3 and 4), and the Town Hall Auditorium (Precincts 5 and 6) 
N.B., Saturday the nineteenth day of April, A.D. 1997 at 9:45 o'clock in the 
forenoon, the polls to be opened at 10:00 a.m. and shall be closed at 8:00 
p.m. for the election of Town Officers: 

ARTICLE 1. To bring in your votes on one ballot respectively for the 
following named offices, to wit: One Selectman for the term of Three Years; 
Two Members of the School Committee for the terms of Three Years; One 
Moderator for the term of Three years; One Member of the School Committee for 
the term of One Year; One Member of the Housing Authority for the term of 
Three Years; One Member of the Redevelopment Authority for the term of Five 
Years; One Member of the Regional Vocational Technical School Committee for 
the term of Three Years. 

QUESTION #1: 

"Shall the town of Wilmington be allowed to exempt from the provisions of 
Proposition two and one-half, so called, the sums required to pay for the 
bonds issued for constructing, originally equipping and furnishing a new 
public safety building and a new comprehensive middle school?" 

YES NO 



You are also hereby further required and directed to notify and warn the said 
inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington who are qualified to vote on elections 
and town affairs therein to assemble subsequently and meet in the Town Meeting 
at the High School Gymnasium, Church Street, in said Town of Wilmington, on 
Saturday the twenty-sixth day of April, A.D. 1997 at 10:30 a.m., then and 
there to act on the following articles: 

In accordance with the above Warrant, the election was called by the Town 
Clerk, Kathleen M. Scanlon at the West Intermediate School, Dorothy Peters, 
Election Clerk at the Town Hall and the Assistant Town Clerk, Carolyn M. 
Kenney at the Wildwood School. 

All voting machines were opened and the zero sheets were posted so that the 
candidates could examine them before the polls were opened. The checkers were 
prepared with their voting lists and voter identification cards and everything 
was in readiness at 10:00 a.m. and the polls were declared open. 



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The results were as follows: 
SELECTMEN for three years (vote for one 
Robert J. Cain 



39 Arlene Avenue 
(Cand. For Re-election) 
76 Butters Row 
78 Swain Road 



Gerald R. Duggan 

Mark Nelson 

Others 

Blanks 

Total 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE for three years (vote for two) 



Susanne Clarkin 
Thomas W. Siracusa 
Blanks 
Total 



39 Reno Road 
5 Elwood Road 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE for one year (vote for onej 



Kenneth M. McCue 
Suzanne Spiris Rooney 
Blanks 
Total 



21 Lawrence Street 
47 Towpath Drive 



MODERATOR for three years (vote for one) 

James C. Stewart 16 Stonehedge Drive 

(Cand. for Re-election) 

Blanks 
Total 

HOUSING AUTHORITY for three years (vote for one) 
Lillian Hupper 58R Clark Street 

Blanks 
Total 

REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY for five years (vote for one) 
A. Mark Zinan 6 Revere Avenue 

Blanks 
Total 

REGIONAL VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMITTEE 
(vote for one) 
James M. Gillis 

Blanks 
Total 

QUESTION #1 
YES 
NO 

Blanks 
Total 



120 Federal St. 
(Cand. for Re-election) 



Voted 



1, 698 

1, 669 
875 

1 

124 
4, 367 

Voted 

2, 567 
1, 945 
4, 222 
8, 734 

Voted 

1, 872 

2, 032 
463 

4, 367 

Voted 

3, 222 

1, 145 

4, 367 

Voted 

2, 869 
1, 498 
4, 367 

Voted 
2,711 

1, 656 
4, 367 

Voted 

2, 918 

1, 449 
4, 367 

Voted 

2, 123 
2, 008 

236 

4, 367 



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The results of the election were ready about 10:00 p.m. and all the elected 
officers present were sworn to the faithful performance of their duties by the 
Town Clerk shortly thereafter. *Original total announced for Gerald Duggan 
was incorrect due to transposition in the numbers, announced 1,696 should have 
been 1,669. The total number of votes cast was 4,367 which included 273 
absentee ballots. The total number of registered voters are 12,983 of which 
34% voted in this town election. 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, APRIL 26, 1997 
WITH ACTION TAKEN THEREON 

With a quorum present at 10:45 a.m. (179) James Stewart, the Moderator opened 
the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. He then read the names 
of departed town workers, members of committees and boards who had passed away 
during the past year and a moment of silence was observed. He then introduced 
our newly elected and re-elected town officials. Moderator informed the 
meeting that he would take up Articles 1-12 in order and then random selection 
would begin. He went over with the meeting the history of the random vote, 
which was enacted by the Annual Town Meeting of April 24, 1982. Also, in 1996 
a survey regarding Town Elections & Town Meetings was enclosed with the annual 
census and out of the 1,849 people who answered 1,196 were in favor of the 
random drawing of the articles. 

The Moderator then started to read the warrant and was interrupted by 
Selectman, James Rooney, "I move that the Moderator dispense with further 
reading of the warrant and take up and make reference to each article by 
number." Motion seconded and so voted. 

ARTICLE 2. To hear reports of Committees and act thereon. Motion by Michael 
A. Roache, "I move that the town hear a report from the Committee on 
Unaccepted Ways." Motion seconded and so voted. Mr. Roache explained the 
Committee was established in April 1994 by a vote of Town Meeting. The 
purpose of the committee to study the problem of unaccepted streets. 
There are two hundred forty-nine (249) accepted streets in town - 95 miles and 
two hundred four (204) unaccepted streets - 17 miles. The Committee found out 
that unaccepted ways in the town mean different things to different people. 
Residents expect the town to repair these streets and new residents to the 
town request sidewalks, only to find out that these improvements cannot be 
made. Many options were explored. The committee made twelve recommendations. 
In summary a specific program should be established through the provisions of 
MGL Ch. 80, for the acceptance of currently unaccepted ways. The town will 
participate a minimum of 10% in the betterment of any currently unaccepted 
street or way, petitioned for acceptance by the abutters. A By-law Amendment 
by deleting Section 8.3.4 was also recommended. He thanked all Committee 
members and also the Assistant Town Engineer for all their help. Planning 
Board recommends approval. Motion to accept report voted, unanimously. 
Complete report on file in the office of Town Clerk. 

ARTICLE 3. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of 
money for the purpose of paying unpaid bills of previous years; or do anything 
in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael A. Caira, "I move to pass over this article." 
Motion seconded and so voted to pass over. 

ARTICLE 4. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time in 
anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning July 1, 1997, in 
accordance with the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 4, and to 
issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any 
notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any note or notes as may 



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be given for a period of less than one year in accordance with General Laws, 
Chapter 44, Section 17; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Robert J. Cain, "I move that the town vote to authorize 
the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow 
money from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the 
financial year beginning July 1, 1997, in accordance with the 
provisions of General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 4, and to issue a 
note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any 
notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any note or 
notes as may be given for a period of less than one year in 
accordance with General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 17." Finance 
Committee recommends approval. Seconded and so voted. 

ARTICLE 5. To see how much money the town will appropriate for the expenses 
of the town and the salaries of several Town Officers and Departments and 
determine how the same shall be raised, whether by taxation, transfer from 
available funds, or otherwise; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by George W. Hooper of Finance Committee, "I move 
that the several and respective sums as recommended and 
presented by the Finance Committee be raised by taxation or 
by transfer from available funds and appropriated for the 
purpose set forth in Article #5, each department's budget to 
be taken up and voted on in the order they appear, subject 
to amendment, and. each department's budget not open for 
reconsideration until the entire budget is voted." Motion 
seconded and so voted, unanimously. 



GENERAL GOVERNMENT Voted 

Selectmen - Legislative 

Salaries 2,400 

Expenses 11 , 550 

Total 13,950 

Selectmen - Elections 

Salaries (p.t.) 9,000 

Expenses 3, 000 

Furnishings & Equipment 2,500 

Total 14,500 

Registrars of Voters 

Salaries 1,650 

Expenses 4,350 

Total 6,000 

Finance Committee 

Salaries (p.t.) 900 

Expenses 6, 385 

Total 7,285 

Town Manager 

Salary - Town Manager 81,161 

Other Salaries 225,522 

Expenses 4 8, 185 

Furnishings & Equipment 

Total 354,868 



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Town Accountant 

Salary - Town Accountant 
Other Salaries 
Expenses 
Total 

Treasurer /Col lector 

Salary - Finance Director 

Other Salaries 

Expenses 

Total 

Town Clerk 

Salary - Town Clerk 

Other Salaries (incl. p.t.) 

Expenses 

Total 

Board of Assessors 

Salary - Principal Assessor 

Other Salaries 

Expenses 

Appraisals, E.D.P. & Inventories 

ATB/Appraisals 

Furnishings & Equipment 

Total 



61, 030 
104, 759 
2, 385 
168, 174 



59, 735 
99, 743 
30, 100 
189, 578 



52, 562 
45, 917 
1, 780 
100,259 



64, 047 
64, 054 
38, 100 
50, 000 
10, 000 
190 
226, 391 



Town Counsel 

Legal Services 

Permanent Building Committee 
Salaries (p.t.) 
Expenses 
Total 

TOTAL GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

PROTECTION - PERSONS & PROPERTY 
Police Department 
Salary - Chief 
Salary - Deputy Chief 
Salary - Lieutenants 
Salary - Sergeants 
Salary - Patrolmen* 
Salary - Dispatchers** 
Salary - Clerks 
Salary - Fill-In Costs 
Salary - Paid Holidays 
Salary - Specialist 
Salary - Night Diff. 
Salary - Incentive Pay 
Sick Leave Buyback 
Expenses 

Furnishings & Equipment 
Total 



75, OOP 

2,350 
100 
2,450 

1, 158, 455 



77, 230 
61, 308 

115, 185 

279, 564 
1, 169, 132 
19, 803 
58, 597 

241, 045 
75, 144 
10, 700 
37, 900 
32, 760 
13, 240 

152, 832 
15,818 
2, 360, 258 



Includes four patrolmen funded $25, 000 from Federal Grant 
Three dispatchers funded $17,071 from Federal Grant. 



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Fire Department 

Salary - Chief 72,321 

Salary - Deputy Chief 56,769 

Salary - Lieutenants 237,309 

Salary - Privates 1,067,638 

Salary - Dispatch Clerks 59,621 

Salary - Part Time 7,000 

Overtime Costs 175,000 

Paid Holidays 75, 606 

EMT & Incentive Pay 76,175 

Fire Alarm Salary 12,280 

Sick Leave Buyback 22,674 

Expenses 71, 800 

Furnishings & Equipment 39, 900 

Total 1, 974, 093 

Animal Control 

Salaries 24,000 

Expenses 6, 600 

Total 30,600 

TOTAL PROTECTION OF PERSONS & PROPERTY 4, 364, 951 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Personnel Services 

DPW - Superintendent 77,230 

Engineers-Full Time 120,552 

Engineer-Part Time 37,842 

Highway - Full Time 879,492 

Highway - Part Time 13,440 

Stream Maint. - Part Time 15,200 

Tree - Full Time 84,388 

Tree - Overtime 5,325 

Parks/Grounds - Full Time 133,585 

Parks/Grounds - Part Time 

Parks/Grounds - Overtime 13, 350 

Cemetery-Full Time 109,173 

Cemetery-Part Time 

Cemetery-Overtime 7,073 

Snow & Ice-Ex. Help/0. T. 127, 411 

Total 1,624,061 
Contractual Services 

Engineer 2,200 

Highway 26,490 

Highway-Repair Town Vehicles ' 79,900 

Tree 3,000 

Parks/Grounds 2,000 

Cemetery 4,100 

Road Machinery-Repair 65,000 

Public Street Lights 208,780 

Rubbish Collection & Disposal 1,568,150 

Snow & Ice-Repair 16,245 

Snow & Ice-Misc. Services 100, OOP 

Total 2,075,865 
Materials & Supplies 

Engineer 1,450 

Highway 39,000 

Highway-Const. Supplies & Road Improvements 27,500 

Highway-Gas, Oil, Tires (Other) 63,700 

Highway - Gas, Oil, Tires (DPW) 61,130 

Stream Maintenance - Expenses 2,500 



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Tree 

Parks/Grounds 
Cemetery 

Chapter 81 - Maintenance 

Drainage Projects 

Snow & Ice - Sand & Salt 

Snow & Ice - Tools & Equipment 

Furnishings & Equipment 

Total 



6, 395 
28, 4C0 
11, 650 
70, 000 
20,000 
94, 000 

4, 000 
29, 600 
429, 725 



TOTAL PUBLIC WORKS 

Motion by George Hooper, "I move that the sum of $4,159,251 
be appropriated for the Department of Public Works; the sum 
of $35, 000 to be raised by transfer from the Sale of Cemetery 
Lots Account and the sum of $15, 000 to be raised by transfer 
from the Interest Cemetery Trust Funds and that both amounts 
be applied to line item Personnel Services Cemetery - Full- 
Time and that the balance of $4, 109, 251 be raised by taxation. 
Motion seconded and so voted. 



4, 159, 251 



COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 
Board of Health 

Salary - Director 

Other Salaries (inc. p.t 

Expenses 

Mental Health 

Furnishings & Equipment 

Total 



52, 323 
111, 573 
7, 090 
18, 400 
1, 295 
190, 681 



Sealer of Weights & Measures 
Salaries (P.T.) 
Expenses 
Total 



4, 060 

80 

4, 140 



Planning & Conservation 
Salary - Director 
Other Salaries (incl. p/t) 
Expenses 
Total 



54,911 
93, 401 
11, 000 
159, 312 



Building Insp./Bd. of Appeals 
Salary - Building Inspector 
Other Salaries (incl. p/t) 
Expenses 

Furnishings & Equipment 
Total 

TOTAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 



43,881 
66, 252 
4, 815 

225 
115, 173 

469, 306 



PUBLIC BUILDINGS 

Maintenance & Operation 

Salary - Superintendent 

Other Salaries (incl. P.t.) 

Overtime 

Heating Fuel 

Electricity 

Utilities 

Expenses 



71, 509 
376, 017 

30, 700 
220, 000 

93, 000 

64, 000 
251, 185 



TOTAL PUBLIC BUILDINGS 



2, 106, 411 



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HUMAN SERVICES 

Veterans Aid & Benefits 

Salary - Part Time Agent 6,000 

Expenses 1,700 

Assistance - Veterans 13,000 

Total 20, 700 

Library 

Salary - Director 40,569 

Other Salaries (incl. p/t) 291,182 

M.V.L.C. 25,025 

Expenses 64,380 

Furnishings & Equipment 8,200 

Total 429, 356 

Recreation 

Salary - Director 56,766 

Other Salaries (p.t.) 34,880 

Expenses 2,700 

Total 94,346 



Elderly Services 

Salary - Director 46,128 

Other Salaries (incl. p/t) 45,491 

Expenses 34,265 

Total 125,884 

Historical Commission 

Salaries (p.t.) 900 

Expenses 3, 150 

Total 4,050 

Commission On Disabilities 

Salaries (p.t.) 500 

Expenses 250 

Total 750 

TOTAL HUMAN SERVICES 675, 086 

SCHOOLS 

Wilmington School Department 16,363,795 
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational 

Technical High School District 1, 754, 028 

TOTAL SCHOOLS 18. 117, 823 

MATURING DEBT & INTEREST 

Schools 110,"926 

General Government 420,225 

Sewer 195,339 

Water 333,701 



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Motion by George W. Hooper, "I move that the sum of $1, 077, 191 be 
appropriated for Maturing Debt and Interest and that the sum of 
$333, 701 be transferred from Water Dept.- Available Funds and 
applied to Maturing Debt & Interest - Water Account and the sum of 
$1, 307 be transferred from Water Dept. - Available Funds and 
applied to Interest on Anticipation Notes and Authentication Fees 
and Miscellaneous Debt and that the remaining balance of $742 , 183 
be raised by taxation." Motion seconded and so voted. 

Interest On Anticipation Notes & 
Authorization Fees & Misc. Debt 

TOTAL MATURING DEBT & INTEREST 



UNCLASSIFIED & RESERVE 
Insurance 

Employee Health & Life Insurance 
Veteran's Retirement 
Employ. Retire. - Unused Sick Leave 
Medicare Employer Contribution 
Salary Adjust. & Additional Costs 
Local Trans . /Training Conferences 
Out-of-state Travel 

Computer Hardware/Software Maintenance 
Records Storage 
Annual Audit 
Ambulance Billing 
Town Report 

Deferred Teachers Salaries 
Sewer Maintenance & Operations 
Professional & Technical Services 
Reserve Fund 



TOTAL UNCLASSIFIED & RESERVE 



Motion by George W. Hooper, Finance Committee, "I move that 
the sum of $3, 661, 832 be appropriated for Unclassified and 
Reserve and that the sum of $37,448 be transferred from 
Water Dept. Available Funds and applied to the Unclassified 
and Reserve - Insurance Account and the sum of $183, 14 6 be 
transferred from Water Dept. Available Funds and applied to 
Unclassified and Reserve - Employee Health and Life 
Insurance Account and the sum of $10, OOP be transferred from. 
Water Department Available Funds and applied to Unclassified 
and Reserve - Medicare Employers' Contribution Account and 
that the remaining balance of $3, 431, 238 be raised by taxation." 
Motion seconded and so voted. 

TOTAL MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT 17. 672, 483 

ARTICLE 6. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of 
money for the purchase of new and replacement capital equipment, including but 
not limited to the following items, and further to authorize the sale or turn 
in, if any, and for the use of the department so designated and to determine 
how the same shall be raised, whether by taxation, transfer, borrowing or any 
combination thereof: 

(a) Police Department 

Replacement of four police cruisers. 



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17, 000 
1, 077, 191 



379, 100 
2, 400, 000 
20, 098 
26, 950 
150, 000 
270, 000 
7, 500 
1, 000 
87, 190 
1, 000 
15, 000 
12, 000 
6, 500 
106, 527 
58, 967 
20, 000 
100, 000 

3, 661, 832 



Motion by Michael J. Newhouse, "I move that the town vote to raise by 
taxation and appropriate the sum of $ 84 , 360 for the purchase of four (4) 
replacement police cruisers for the Police Department, and further to 
authorize the sale or turn in, if any, of said replaced vehicles." The 
Finance Committee recommends approval of four cruisers. Motion 
seconded and so voted, unanimously $ 84,360 . 

(b) Public Buildings Department 

Purchase of one (1) replacement van truck and purchase of one (1) 
replacement heavy duty pick-up truck. 

Motion by Daniel C. Wandell, "I move that the town vote to raise by 
taxation and appropriate the sum of $ 40,737 for the purchase of one (1) 
replacement van truck and purchase of one (1) replacement heavy duty 
pick-up truck for the Public Bldgs. Dept. and further to authorize the 
sale or turn in, if any, of said replaced equipment." Finance Committee 
recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously, 
$ 40, 737 . 

( c ) Department of Public Works 

Purchase of one (1) replacement one ton dump truck. 

Motion by Michael V. McCoy, "I move that the sum of $ 28, 206 be 
appropriated by transfer from the Sale of Cemetery Lots Account for the 
purchase of one (1) replacement of one ton dump truck for the Department 
of Public Works, and further to authorize the sale or turn in, if any, 
of said replaced equipment." Finance Committee recommends approval. 
Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously, $ 28 , 206 . 

( d) Department of Public Works 

Purchase of one (1) replacement rotary mower with 
attachments . 

Motion by James J. Rooney, "I move that the town vote to transfer the 
sum of $ 50, 000 from Fiscal Year 1997 Public Works, Personnel Services - 
Snow and Ice Salaries and $ 7 , 965 from Public Works, Contractual Services 
- Snow and Ice Expenses the entire amount being $ 57 , 965 for the purpose 
of purchasing one (1) replacement rotary mower with attachments for the 
Department of Public Works, and further to authorize the sale or turn 
in, if any, of said replaced vehicle." Finance Committee recommends 
approval. Motion seconded and so voted $ 57, 965 . 

( e ) School Department 

Purchase of one (1) handicapped accessible mini-van. 

Motion by Robert J. Cain, "I move that the town vote to transfer the sum 
of $ 33, 116 from Fiscal Year 1997 Public Works, Contractual Services - 
Snow and Ice Expenses for the purpose of purchasing one (1) handicapped 
accessible mini-van for the School Department." Finance Committee 
recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously, 
$ 33, 116 . 

( f ) Elderly Services Department 

Purchase of one (1) handicapped accessible mini-van. 

Motion by Michael J. Newhouse, "I move that the town vote to accept from 
the Wilmington Sons of Italy as a gift the sum of $ 33, 116 for the 
purchase of one (1) handicapped accessible mini-van for the Elderly 
Services Department." Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion 
seconded and so voted, unanimously, $ 33, 116 . Moderator and Town Meeting 
thanked Sons of Italy for their generous gift. 



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ARTICLE 7. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of 
money to replace a section of roof at the Woburn Street School and to 
determine how the same shall be raised, whether by taxation, transfer, 
borrowing or any combination thereof; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Daniel C. Wandell, "I move that the town vote to raise and 
appropriate by way of transfer from the Capital Stabilization Fund the 
sum of $ 35 , OOP for the purpose of replacing a section of roof at the 
Woburn Street School." Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion 
seconded and so voted, unanimously, $ 35, OOP . 

ARTICLE 8 . To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of 
money for the resurfacing of the High School track and to determine how the 
same shall be raised, whether by taxation, transfer, borrowing or any 
combination thereof; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael V. McCoy, "I move that the town vote to raise and 
appropriate by way of transfer from the Capital Stabilization Fund the 
sum of $ 19, PPP for the purpose of resurfacing the High School track." 
Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, 
unanimously, $ 19, PPP . 

ARTICLE 9. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of 
money for the purpose of upgrading town facilities as identified in the town's 
/Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan on file in the Office of the 
Town Manager, such upgrades to include renovations to the second floor 
restrooms in the Wilmington Memorial Library and to determine how the same 
shall be raised, whether by taxation, transfer, borrowing or any combination 
thereof; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by James J. Rooney, "I move that the town vote to raise and 
appropriate by way of transfer from the Capital Stabilization Fund the 
sum of $ 16, 17P for the purpose of upgrading town facilities as 
identified in the town's Ttoericans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan 
on file in the Office of the Town Manager, such upgrades to include 
renovations to the second floor restrooms in the Wilmington 
Memorial Library." Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion 
seconded and so voted, unanimously, $ 16, 17P . 

ARTICLE IP. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of 
money to upgrade the fire alarm system at the West Intermediate School and to 
determine how the same shall be raised whether by taxation, transfer, 
borrowing or any combination thereof; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Robert J. Cain, "I move that the town vote to raise and 
appropriate by way of transfer from the Capital Stabilization Fund the 
sum of $ 52 , 5PP for the purpose of upgrading the fire alarm system at the 
West Intermediate School." Finance Committee recommends approval. 
Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously, $ 52 , 5PP . 

ARTICLE 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of 
money from available funds for the Department of Public Works, Chapter 9P 
Construction Fund Account; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael J. Newhouse, "I move that the town vote to raise and 
appropriate from Chapter 9P Construction Funds the sum of $ 577, 122 to 
the Department of Public Works, Chapter 9P Construction Fund Account." 
Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, 
unanimously, $ 577 , 122 . 



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ARTICLE 12. To see if the town will vote to transfer from available funds in 
the Fiscal Year 1997 budget, a sum or sums of money for the operation of 
various town departments and expenses; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael A. Caira, "I move that the town vote to transfer from 
the Fiscal Year 1997 budget, the sum of $ 10, OOP from Maturing Debt and 
Interest - Authentication Fees and Miscellaneous Debt; the sum of 
$ 20, OOP from Public Works - Contractual Services - Public Street Lights; 
the sum of $ 15, PPP from Public Buildings Salaries - Other; and the 
sum of $ 2P0, 000 from Unclassified and Reserve - Insurance, the entire 
amount being $ 24 5, OOP , to the following Fiscal Year 1997 Accounts: 

Unclassified and Reserve, Employee $235, PPP 

Health and Life Insurance 
Public Buildings - Expenses - HVAC IP, PPP 

Repairs " 

Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, 
unanimously. 

ARTICLE 13. (drawn #2) To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board 
of Selectmen and/or the Town Manager to apply for, accept and enter into 
contracts from time to time for the expenditure of any funds, without further 
appropriation, allotted to Wilmington by the United States Federal Government 
under any Federal Grant Program and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under 
any State Grant Program; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Daniel C. Wandell, "I move that the town vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen and/or the Town Manager to apply for, accept and 
enter into contracts from time to time for the expenditure of any funds, 
without further appropriation, allotted to Wilmington by the United 
States Federal Government under any Federal Grant Program and the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts under any State Grant Program." Finance 
Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted 
unanimously . 

ARTICLE 14. (drawn #1) To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate a 
sum of money for the purpose of undertaking priority elements of a 
Comprehensive (Master) Plan and further to determine how the same shall be 
raised whether by taxation, transfer, borrowing or any combination thereof; or 
do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Jay Tighe, "I move that the town vote to raise by 
taxation and appropriate the sum of $ 3P, PPP for the purpose of 
undertaking priority elements of a Comprehensive (Master) Plan as 
identified by the report of the Master Plan Advisory Committee dated 
January 1997 and on file in the Office of the Town Manager." Carole 
Hamilton from Planning Board explained the need for this study. To 
establish goals and objectives for the community, a land use component, 
not necessarily to restrict use but to establish a plan for the future 
and to look at vacant land and its use. This is a good first step. 
Selectmen James Rooney stated the Town Manager has also applied for 
grant money from the state to assist in this study. Planning Board and 
Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, 
$ 3P, POO ■ 

ARTICLE 15. (drawn as #8) To see if the town will accept as town ways, the 
layout of the following described streets, as recommended by the Planning 
Board and laid out by the Selectmen (M.G.L. Ch. 82 as amended) and shown on 
Definitive Subdivision plans approved in accordance with the "Rules and 
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Massachusetts," and which plans are recorded at the Middlesex North Registry 
of Deeds (M.N.R.D.), copies of which are on file in the office of the Town 
Clerk and to authorize the Selectmen to take by right of eminent domain or 
accept as a gift such land, slope and drainage or other easements as may be 
necessary to effect the purpose of this Article, and to determine how an 
appropriation shall be raised, whether by taxation or by transfer from 
available funds, by borrowing or otherwise for the purpose of constructing 
said ways and for the payment of any damages from the taking of land and slope 
easements and other easements or other related costs therefore: 

a. Ashwood Avenue - From Andover Street a distance of 2,300 feet, more or 
less, westerly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Whitefield Elm Village, and recorded at the 
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 166, Plan 50 on September 
14, 1988, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Alexander 
Crucioli, R.L.S. dated November 15, 1996. 

b. Blueberry Lane - From Ashwood Avenue a distance of 1,600 feet, more or 
less, easterly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Whitefield Elm Village, and recorded at the 
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 166, Plan 50 on September 
14, 1988, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Alexander 
Crucioli, R.L.S. dated November 15, 1996. 

c. Castle Drive - From Burlington Avenue a distance of 1,325 feet, more or 
less, northeasterly in a curve to the left to Burlington Avenue, as 
shown on a definitive subdivision plan entitled Stonehedge Estates, and 
recorded at the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 184, Plan 
120 on April 8, 1994, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared 
by Dana F. Perkins, Inc. dated November 27, 1996. 

d. Colonial Drive - From Middlesex Avenue a distance of 375 feet, more or 
less, northwesterly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Colonial Drive, and recorded at the Middlesex 
North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 190, Plan 135 on March 27, 1996, and 
as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Lakeview Engineering 
dated December 12, 1996. 

e. Cottonwood Circle - From Blueberry Lane a distance of 280 feet, more or 
less, southerly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Whitefield Elm Village, and recorded at the 
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 166, Plan 50 on September 
14, 1996, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Alexander 
Crucioli, R.L.S. dated November 15, 1996. 

f. Dogwood Lane - From Blueberry Lane a distance of 550 feet, more or less, 
northeasterly to Ashwood Avenue, as shown on a definitive subdivision 
plan entitled Whitefield Elm Village, and recorded at the Middlesex 
North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 166, Plan 50 on September 14, 1988, 
and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Alexander Crucioli, 
R.L.S. dated February 2, 1996. 

g. Meadow Lane - From Meadow Lane a distance of 115 feet, more or less, 
northerly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive plan, entitled 
Meadow Lane Extension, and recorded at the Middlesex North Registry of 
Deeds, Plan Book 179, Plan 49 on August 19, 1992, and as shown on a 
street acceptance plan prepared by P.J.F. and Associates dated March 5, 
1996. 



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h. Nottingham Drive - from Stonehedge Drive a distance of 480 feet, more or 
less, northwesterly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Stonehedge Estates II, and recorded at the 
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 189 Plan 67 on September 7, 
1995, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Stephen M. 
Melesicu, P.L.S. dated February, 1997. 

i. Reading Avenue - from Faulkner Avenue a distance of 160 feet, more or 
less, northwesterly to a dead-end, as shown on a definitive subdivision 
plan entitled Reading Avenue, and recorded at the Middlesex North 
Registry of Deeds, Land Court Document No. 157012 on December 7, 1994, 
and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Troy, Mede & 
Associates dated December 5, 1996. 

j. Somerset Place - from Mystic Avenue a distance of 878 feet, more or 

less, easterly through a cul-de-sac as shown on a definitive subdivision 
plan entitled Somerset Estates, and recorded at the Middlesex North 
Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 189 Plan 64 on September 7, 1995, and as 
shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Dana F. Perkins, Inc. 
dated November 19, 1996. 

k. Stonehedge Drive - from Castle Drive a distance of 1,400 feet, more or 
less, northerly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Stonehedge Estates, and recorded at the 
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 184 Plan 120 on April 8, 
1994, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Dana F. 
Perkins, Inc. dated November 27, 1996. 

1. Wedgewood Avenue - from Wedgewood Avenue a distance of 75 feet, more or 
less, southeasterly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Wedgewood Avenue Extension, and recorded at 
the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 173 Plan 144 on August 
22, 1990, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Troy, 
Mede & Associates dated July 7, 1995. 

or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael V. McCoy, "I move that the town accept as town ways, 
the layout of the following described streets, as recommended by the 
Planning Board and laid out by the Selectmen (M.G.L. Ch. 82 as amended) 
and shown on Definitive Subdivision plans approved in accordance with 
the 'Rules and Regulations Governing the Subdivision of Land in the Town 
of Wilmington, Massachusetts, ' and which plans are recorded at the 
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds (M.N.R.D.), copies of which are on 
file in the office of the Town Clerk and to authorize the Selectmen 
to take by right of eminent domain or accept as a gift such land, slope 
and drainage or other easements as may be necessary to effect the 
purpose of this Article, and to vote to raise by taxation the sum of 
$ 300 for the purpose of constructing said ways and for the payment of 
any damages from the taking of land and slope easements and other 
easements or other related costs therefore." 

a. Castle Drive - From Burlington Avenue a distance of 1,325 feet, more or 
less, northeasterly in a curve to the left to Burlington Avenue, as 
shown on a definitive subdivision plan entitled Stonehedge Estates, and 
recorded at the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 184, Plan 
120 on April 8, 1994, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared 
by Dana F. Perkins, Inc. dated November 27, 1996. 



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b. Colonial Drive - From Middlesex Avenue a distance of 375 feet, more or 
less, northwesterly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Colonial Drive, and recorded at the Middlesex 
North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 190, Plan 135 on March 27, 1996, and 
as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Lakeview Engineering 
dated December 12, 1996. 

c. Dogwood Lane - From Blueberry Lane a distance of 550 feet, more or less, 
northeasterly to Ashwood Avenue, as shown on a definitive subdivision 
plan entitled Whitefield Elm Village, and recorded at the Middlesex 
North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 166, Plan 50 on September 14, 1988, 
and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Alexander Crucioli, 
R.L.S. dated February 2, 1996. 

d. Meadow Lane - From Meadow Lane a distance of 115 feet, more or less, 
northerly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive plan, entitled 
Meadow Lane Extension, and recorded at the Middlesex North Registry of 
Deeds, Plan Book 179, Plan 49 on August 19, 1992, and as shown on a 
street acceptance plan prepared by P.J.F. and Associates dated March 5, 
1996. 

e. Nottingham Drive - from Stonehedge Drive a distance of 480 feet, more or 
less, northwesterly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Stonehedge Estates II, and recorded at the 
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 189 Plan 67 on September 7, 
1995, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Stephen M. 
Melesicu, P.L.S. dated February, 1997. 

f. Reading Avenue - from Faulkner Avenue a distance of 160 feet, more or 
less, northwesterly to a dead-end, as shown on a definitive subdivision 
plan entitled Reading Avenue, and recorded at the Middlesex North 
Registry of Deeds, Land Court Document No. 157012 on December 7, 1994, 
and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Troy, Mede & 
Associates dated December 5, 1996. 

g. Stonehedge Drive - from Castle Drive a distance of 1,400 feet, more or 
less, northerly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Stonehedge Estates, and recorded at the 
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 184 Plan 120 on April 8, 
1994, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Dana F. 
Perkins, Inc. dated November 27, 1996. 

h. Wedgewood Avenue - from Wedgewood Avenue a distance of 75 feet, more or 
less, southeasterly through a cul-de-sac, as shown on a definitive 
subdivision plan entitled Wedgewood Avenue Extension, and recorded at 
the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 173 Plan 144 cn August 
22, 1990, and as shown on a street acceptance plan prepared by Troy, 
Mede & Associates dated July 7, 1995. 

This article eliminates four streets, Ashwood Avenue, Blueberry Lane, 
Cottonwood Circle, and Somerset Place and adds $300 amount. Finance Committee 
recommends approval of this article as recommended by the Planning Board. 
Planning Board recommends approval as amended. Motion seconded and voted, 
unanimously, $ 300 . 



ARTICLE 16. (drawn as #24) To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum 
of money for constructing, originally equipping and furnishing a new 
comprehensive middle school, including costs incidental and related thereto, 
and to determine whether to raise this appropriation by borrowing or 
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Motion by Paul Palizzolo, "I move that the sum of $ 25, 600, OOP be 
appropriated for constructing, originally equipping and furnishing a new 
comprehensive middle school, including costs incidental and related 
thereto, and that to raise this appropriation, the Town Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow 
$ 25, 600, OOP under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 (3), of the 
General Laws, or any other enabling authority, which may include 
Chapter 645 of the Acts of 1948, as amended, and to issue bonds or notes 
of the town therefore." Finance Committee recommends approval. School 
Committee, Chmn . Paul Palizzolo spoke as to the need for the school. 
Students have increased from 2,9PP-3,4PP. The state will pay 65% of 
the cost. The 15P,PPP square foot middle school will be built across 
the street from the West Intermediate School. Officials estimate school 
should be completed in the year 2000. Many residents spoke for and 
against the project. After one hour discussion, motion was made and 
seconded to move the question. Voted Yes 720 No 3. Permanent Building 
Committee, School Committee, and Finance Committee agree this is the 
right decision to build a new school. Vote was taken at 4:30 p.m. Yes 
567 No 100. Article is approved. After vote on article Judson Miller, 
School Committee made a motion for reconsideration of the article. Town 
Manager Michael Caira, urged voters at Town Meeting not to vote for 
reconsideration and remain at meeting and support the other articles as 
a community. Reconsideration motion was withdrawn. 

ARTICLE 17. (drawn as #26) To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum 
of money for constructing, originally equipping and furnishing a new public 
safety building, including costs incidental and related thereto, and to 
determine whether to raise this appropriation by borrowing or otherwise; or do 
anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Robert J. Cain, "I move that the sum of $ 6, OOP, PPP 

be appropriated for constructing, originally equipping and 

furnishing a new public safety building, including costs 

incidental and related thereto, and that to raise this 

appropriation, the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the 

Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow $ 6, PPO, OOP under 

and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(3) of the General 

Laws, or any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or 

notes of the town therefore." Finance Committee recommends 

approval. Police Department now has forty-seven staff 

members, some of which are housed at the Swain School 

because of lack of accommodations at the Police Station. 

Building is badly overcrowded. Fire Station is also badly 

in need of new facilities. New public safety building will 

be built beside present Police Station. Discussion followed about 

the location, traffic, design of building, and sub-station in North 

Wilmington. Motion to move the question was voted, unanimously. 

Main motion so voted Yes 476 No 18, $ 6, PPP, POO . 

ARTICLE 18. (drawn as #9) To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money for the construction of sewers, sewer pump 
stations, sewage systems and disposal facilities known as the Lowell Street 
Sewer Project, and to authorize the Water and Sewer Commissioners to acquire 
interests in land and/or buildings whether by purchase, eminent domain, gift 
or otherwise, and to authorize the assessment of betterments, all in 
accordance with General Laws Chapter 297 of the Acts of 1958 and all Acts in 
amendment and in addition thereto and other General or Special Laws hereto 
enabling; to determine whether said funds shall be raised by taxation, 
transfer from available funds, or by borrowing under the provisions of General 
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Water and Sewer Commissioners and/or the Board of Selectmen to apply for any 
federal and state aid and to receive gifts which may be available as 
contributions to be applied toward the cost of the project; or do anything in 
relation thereto. 

Motion by Noel D. Baratta, "I move that the town vote to appropriate the 
sum of $ 1, 430, OOP for the construction of sewers, sewer pumping 
stations, sewage systems and disposal facilities known as the Lowell 
Street Sewer Project, a copy of said plans are on file at the Office of 
the Water and Sewer Commission, and to authorize the Water and Sewer 
Commissioners to acquire interests in land whether by purchase, eminent 
domain, gift or otherwise, and to direct the assessment of 85% of the 
cost of construction by betterments, all in accordance with General Laws 
Chapter 297 of the Acts of 1958 and all Acts in amendment and in 
addition thereto and other General or Special Laws hereto enabling; said 
funds to be raised by borrowing under the provisions of General Laws 
Chapter 44, and to authorize the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners 
and/or the Board of Selectmen to apply for any federal and state aid and 
to receive gifts v/hich may be available as contributions to be applied 
toward the cost of the project." Finance Committee recommends approval. 
Mr. Baratta stated this would provide sewer from Shell Station on Lowell 
St. to just beyond the Ski Haus on Lowell St. and would be done while 
the DPW is doing reconstruction work on Lowell St. This would help with 
the expense of the project. He stated 85% of the cost would be under 
betterments to the abutters. They had five public hearings and almost 
all who attended supported the project. Many residents spoke against the 
article, because of cost and changing the character of the street and 
worried about more strip malls. Conrad Gerhartz stated we should wait 
for sewer impact study before any more sewer is constructed. Motion to 
move the question voted unanimously. Main motion seconded and so voted. 
Yes 159 No 211 Motion fails. Article defeated. 

ARTICLE 19. (drawn #6) To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money for the purpose of preparing a Town-wide Environmental Impact 
study and associated Sewer Master Plan update, and further to determine how 
the same shall be raised whether by taxation, transfer, borrowing or any 
combination thereof; or do anything in relation thereto. 

"I move that the town vote to raise and appropriate from 

Available Funds - Sewer the sum of $ 119, 400 for the purpose 

of preparing a Town-wide Environmental Impact Study and 

associated Sewer Master Plan update." Motion seconded. 

Finance Committee recommends approval. Mr. Baratta stated 

town needs a complete environmental impact study if we wish 

to continue to sewer the town. Present plan has not been 

updated for fifteen years. The study will not tell the town 

it cannot expand its system but will tell the possible 

impact on the water system. Voters agreed. Motion seconded and so 

voted . 

ARTICLE 20. (drawn #27) To see if the town will vote to authorize the Water 
and Sewer Commissioners and the Town Manager to lease, as may be determined by 
them, particular parcels of land for access, and egress and for attachment to 
water storage towers situated on said parcels for the sole purpose of 
erecting, operating and maintaining wireless radio or cellular telephone 
antennae and other pertinent equipment all in accordance with Chapter 30B of 
the General Laws of Massachusetts; or do anything in relation thereto. 



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Motion by Noel Baratta, "I move that the town vote to authorize the 
Water and Sewer Commissioners and the Town Manager to lease, as may be 
determined by them, particular parcels of land for access, and egress 
and for attachment to water storage towers situated on said parcels for 
the sole purpose of erecting, operating and maintaining wireless 
radio or cellular telephone antennae and other pertinent equipment all 
in accordance with Chapter 30B of the General Laws of Massachusetts." 
Finance Committee recommends approval. This article will have no cost 
to the community and will generate revenue. Motion seconded and so 
voted. Yes 470 No 1. So voted. 

ARTICLE 21. (drawn as #17) To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
acceptance of certain real and personal property including but not limited to 
the pumping station and all connecting appurtenances and easements shown on a 
plan known as Shawsheen Estates as recorded at the Middlesex North District 
Registry of Deeds and further shown on Assessors Map 106, Parcel 81 together 
with all easements connected thereto; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Noel Baratta, "I move that the town vote to authorize the 
acceptance of certain real and personal property, including but not 
limited to the pumping station and all connecting appurtenances and 
easements, shown on a plan known as Shawsheen Estates as recorded at the 
Middlesex North District Registry of Deeds and further shown on 
Assessors Map 106, Parcel 81 together with all easements connected 
thereto." Finance Commiittee recommends approval. This article will 
accept the pumping station at Shawsheen Estates as town property. 
Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 22. (drawn #20) To see if the town will vote to authorize the Town 
Treasurer to continue in force the Revolving Fund as established at the 
Special Town Meeting of December 4, 1995 in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44, 
Section 53E 1/2 for a Compost Bin Recycling Program and further to establish a 
spending limit for said account; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by James J. Rooney, "I move that the town vote to authorize the 
Town Treasurer to continue in force the Revolving Fund as established at 
the Special Town Meeting of December 4, 1995 in accordance with M.G.L. 
Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2 for a Compost Bin Recycling Program and to 
transfer all funds accumulated from the sale of compost bins to said 
revolving fund and to authorize the Town Manager or Treasurer to expend 
such funds and further to establish a spending limit of not more than 
$ 4 , 500 for said account." This article continues a program already in 
effect and provides a spending limit. Motion seconded and so voted, 
unanimously . 

ARTICLE 23. (drawn #32) To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $ 5 , OOP for the observance of Memorial Day and Veterans 
Day, and that the Moderator appoint a committee which shall arrange and have 
charge of said observances; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael J. Newhouse, "I move that the town vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $ 5 , 000 for the observance of Memorial Day and 
Veterans Day, and that the Moderator appoint a comm.ittee who shall 
arrange and have charge of said observances." Finance Committee 
recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 24. (drawn #10) To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $750.00 each (a total of $2,250) for the purpose of renewing under 
the authority of Section 9 of Chapter 40 of the General Laws as amended, the 
lease of: 

a. Veterans of Foreign Wars Clubhouse on Main Street for the purpose of 
providing suitable headquarters for the Nee- Ellsworth Post 2458 of the 
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States; 

b. Marine Corp League in Wilmington for the purpose of providing suitable 
headquarters for the Wilmington Chapter; 

C. American Legion Clubhouse, Inc. in Wilmington for the purpose of 

providing suitable headquarters for the Wilmington Post 136 of the 
American Legion; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Daniel C. Wandell, "I move that the town vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $ 750.00 each (a total of $ 2 , 250 ) for the purpose 
of renewing under the authority of Section 9 of Chapter 40 of the 
General Laws as amended, the lease of: 

a . Veterans of Foreign Wars Clubhouse on Main Street for the purpose of 

providing suitable headquarters for the Nee-Ellsworth Post 2458 of the 
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States; 

b. Marine Corp League in Wilmington for the purpose of providing suitable 
headquarters for the Wilmington Chapter; 

C. American Legion Clubhouse, Inc. in Wilmington for the purpose of 

providing suitable headquarters for the Wilmington Post 136 of the 
American Legion; or do anything in relation thereto." Finance Conanittee 
recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 25. (drawn #31) To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money for the purpose of providing senior citizen real estate tax 
payment vouchers for services rendered to the town in accordance with the 
town's Senior Citizen Tax Work-Off Program; or do anything in relation 
thereto . 

Motion by Michael V. McCoy, "I move that the town vote to raise by 
taxation and appropriate the sum of $ 10, OOP for the purpose of providing 
senior citizen real estate tax payment vouchers for services rendered to 
the town in accordance with the town's Senior Citizen Tax Work-Off 
Program." Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and 
so voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 26. (drawn #3) To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen and Town Manager to enter into an agreement with the Lowell Regional 
Transit Authority (LRTA) to provide bus service through and in the confines of 
the Town of Wilmington and to authorize them to negotiate and contract for 
such service and further to see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of 
money, if necessary, for the purpose of providing said bus service to the 
residents of Wilmington, and to determine how the same shall be raised whether 
by taxation, transfer, borrowing or any combination thereof; or do anything in 
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Motion by James J. Rooney, "I move that the town vote to authorize the 
Selectmen and Town Manager to enter into an agreement or agreements to 
provide bus service through and in the confines of the Town of 
Wilmington and to authorize them to negotiate and contract for such 
services and further to see if the town will vote to appropriate by 
transfer from Available Funds - Free Cash the sum of $ 73, OOP . " Finance 
Committee recommends disapproval. Moderator noted the changes in 
motion. Mr. Rooney stated this bus would serve Wilmington residents. 
Route would be from Silver Lake Pharmacy on Route 38 to DeMoulas Plaza 
to Wilmington Center, to Rt . 62 to Deming Way and then to Burlington Rt . 
62 to Rt . 3A meeting with the Green line to Boston. On return trip Rt . 
62 to Rt . 38 to Lucci's Plaza. Not yet decided exactly the return 
trip, to Senior Center or back to Rt . 38 to DeMoulas Plaza. Cost would 
be 35 cents for Seniors and other riders 70 cents. This would be one 
year pilot program, and bus is handicapped-accessible. Bus would run 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mr. Cain, he has a different opinion, this 
would also provide service for people from Tewksbury and Lowell to the 
train station. We don't need this service. Others stated MBTA has at 
the present time a handicapped-accessible van that will come to peoples 
homes to take them where they need to go. Finance Committee member 
George Hooper stated Wilmington pays $417,000 to MBTA now and with more 
commuters, this assessment could increase. Mr. Newhouse stated this has 
nothing to do with extension of service to Tewksbury line, it is local 
bus service only. Motion seconded and defeated by voice vote. 

ARTICLE 27. (drawn #5) To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money js matching funds necessary to enable the town to participate 
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management 
Lake and Pond Grants Program and to determine how the same shall be raised 
whether by taxation, transfer, borrowing, or any combination thereof; or do 
anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael J. Newhouse, "I move that the town vote to raise by 
taxation and appropriate the sum $ 10, OOP as matching funds necessary to 
enable the town to participate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
Department of Environmental Management Lake and Pond Grants Program." 
Finance Committee recommends approval. This would enable the town to 
participate in this program if grant application receives favorable 
review. Motion by John DeMarco, amends contingent upon the town 
securing state matching funds. Anne Linehan stated this is a good 
proposal. Motion as amended seconded and so voted, $ 1 P , POP . 

ARTICLE 28. (drawn #18) To see if the town will vote to authorize the Town 
Treasurer to continue in force the Revolving Fund as established at the Annual 
Town Meeting of April 22, 1995 in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 
53E 1/2 for the purpose of receiving monies from the Environmental Trust or 
the Department of Environmental Protection to be used for the repair and 
upgrade of subsurface sewage disposal systems under Title 5; and additionally, 
to receive monies from betterments and other loan repayments to the town from 
property owners participating in said program; or do anything in relation 
thereto . 

Motion by Robert J. Cain, "I move that the town vote to authorize the 
Treasurer to continue in force the Revolving Fund as established at the 
Annual Town Meeting of April 22, 1995 in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 
44, Section 53E 1/2 for the purpose of receiving monies from the 
Environmental Trust or the Department of Environmental Protection to be 
used for the repair and upgrade of subsurface sewage disposal systems 
under Title 5; and additionally, to receive monies from betterments and 
other loan repa;^Tnents to the town from property owners participating in 
said Program; and further to authorize the Board of Health with the 



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approval of the Town Manager to administer and expend such funds 
received for the purposes of repairing and upgrading subsurface sewage 
disposal systems under Title 5 in accordance with regulations 
promulgated by the Department of Environmental Protection." Finance 
Committee recommends approval. This would allow Treasurer to continue 
the revolving fund for the repair and upgrade of septic systems under 
Title 5 regulations. Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 29. (drawn #28) To see if the town will vote to amend the By-laws of 
the Inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington by adding Section 41 to Chapter 5 
Public Regulations as follows: 

Section 41: Regulation of Utility Poles 

No public or private organization or utility company shall 
place or allow more than one utility pole to exist within five feet of 
another utility pole on any public or private way within the Town of 
Wilmington, without the prior written 

permission of the Selectmen, which permission may contain 
conditions . 

Following a public hearing, the Selectmen may issue an order 
for the removal, relocation or alteration of any utility pole or poles 
in excess of one at any given location, upon the determination that more 
than one utility pole at any given location presents a nuisance, hazard 
or threac to the public safety, welfare or convenience to the 
inhabitants of the town.. 

Any organization or utility company which owns or is 
responsible for a utility pole or poles subject to any order 
issued by the Selectmen shall fully comply with the terms and conditions 
of any such order within one hundred and eighty (180) days of the date 
of its issuance unless such period is extended by the Selectmen in its 
sole and absolute discretion. In the event of noncompliance with the 
terms of any order issued by the Selectmen, the Selectmen may take 
whatever enforcement action it deems appropriate, including, without 
limitation; the imposition of a fine of up to three hundred ($300.00) 
dollars per day for each day of noncompliance; the application for an 
injunction restraining the continued existence of any such pole or poles 
subject to such order; and any other penalties, impositions or relief as 
the Selectmen may deem necessary; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by James J. Rooney, "Motion reads the same as above with the 
addition of last sentence in first paragraph which reads: There is 
excepted from this provision the emergency replacement of a damaged 
utility pole." Town Manager stated this By-law was brought before Town 
Meeting because the utility companies were not responding to the town's 
requests to remove double poles. Town Counsel Alan Altman stated he 
would expect this By-law to be approved by the Attorney General. 
Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, 
unanimously . 

ARTICLE 30. (drawn #21) To see if the town will vote to amend the By-laws of 
the Inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington Section 17, Chapter 2 Town Meetings - 
Determination of Vote by deleting (in case only a majority is required) and 
substituting the following (applicable to a majority or two-thirds vote) ; or 
do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Daniel C. Wandell, "I move that the town vote to amend the 
By-laws of the Inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington Section 17, Chapter 
2 Town Meetings - Determination of Vote by deleting ' (in case only a 
majority is required)' and substituting the following "(applicable to 



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a majority or two-thirds vote)." This article would allow the Town 
Moderator to declare the results of a two-thirds vote after only a voice 
vote, instead of taking a standing vote when the results are apparent. 
Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted. 
Yes 342 No 61. 

ARTICLE 31. (drawn #14) To see if the town will vote to amend the By-laws of 
the Inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington by amending Section 10 of Chapter 3 
Sale of Personal Property of the Town Not Over $500 by deleting $500 and 
substituting therefore $10,000; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael V. McCoy, "I move that the town vote to amend the 
By-laws of the Inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington by amending Section 
10 of Chapter 3 Sale of Personal Property of the Town Not Over $500 by 
deleting $500 and substituting therefore $10,000." Finance Committee 
recommends approval. This By-law would permit disposal of surplus 
property without Town Meeting vote from the present $500 to maximum of 
$10,000. Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 32. (drawn #30) To see if the town will vote to amend the Zoning By- 
laws and associated Zoning Map of the Town of Wilmington in order to regulate 
the location, aesthetics and construction of wireless communications 
facilities, satellite dishes and antennas by taking the following actions: 

1. Add a new Section 6.8 Wireless Communications Facilities as 
follows : 

6.8.1 Purpose 

The purpose of these regulations is to minimize adverse impacts of 
wireless communications facilities, satellite dishes and antennas on 
adjacent properties and residential neighborhoods; minimize the overall 
number and height of such facilities to only what is essential; and 
promote shared use of existing facilities to reduce the need for new 
facilities . 

6.8.2. Compliance with Federal and State Regulations: 
All wireless communications facilities shall be erected, installed, 
maintained and used in compliance with all applicable federal and state 
laws, rules and regulations, including radio frequency emission 
regulations as set forth in Section 704 of the 1996 Federal 
Telecommunications Act. 

6.8.3 Location 

The Wireless Communications Services District is herein established as 
an overlay district and shall be superimposed on the other districts 
established by this By-law. All requirements of the underlying zoning 
district shall remain in full force and effect, except as may be 
specifically superseded herein. Wireless communications facilities 
shall be prohibited at any other location in town. Description of areas 
in the district are as follows: 

a. All land owned by the Town of Wilmington which is held in the 
care, custody, management and control of the Board of Selectmen 
or the Water & Sewer Commission. 

b. All land located in the General Business (GB) and General 
Industrial (GI) districts. 

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6.8.4.1 No wireless communications facility may be erected except upon 
the issuance of a Special Permit by the Board of Appeals and Site Plan 
approval as set forth in Section 6.5 of the Zoning By-law and subject to 
all of the provisions of this section. 

6.8.4.2 The only wireless communications facilities allowed are free- 
standing monopoles, with associated antenna and/or panels. Lattice 
style towers and similar facilities requiring three or more legs and/or 
guy wires for support are not allowed. 

6.8.4.3 All owners and operators of land used in whole or in part for a 
wireless communications facility and all owners and operators of such 
wireless communications facility shall, as a continuing condition of 
installing, constructing, erecting and using a wireless communications 
facility, permit other public utilities or FCC-licensed commercial 
entities seeking to operate a wireless communications facility to 
install, erect, mount and use compatible wireless communications 
equipment and fixtures on the equipment mounting structure on reasonable 
commercial terms provided that such co-location does not materially 
interfere with the transmission and/or reception of communication 
signals to or from the existing wireless communications facility, and 
provided that there are no structural or other physical limitations that 
make it impractical to accommodate the proposed additional wireless 
communications equipment or fixtures. Wireless communications 
facilities shall be designed to accommodate the maximum number of users 
technologically practical. The intent of this requirement is to reduce 
the number of facilities which will be required to be located within the 
community . 

6.8.4.4 Any proposed extension in the height, addition of cells, 
antennas or panels, construction of a new facility, or replacement of a 
facility, shall be subject to a new application for an amendment to the 
Special Permit. 

6.8.4.5 New facilities shall be considered by the Board of Appeals only 
upon a finding by the Board of Appeals that existing or approved 
facilities cannot accommodate the wireless communications equipment 
planned for the proposed facility. 

6.8.4.6 Co-existence with other uses - A wireless communications 
facility may be located on the same lot with any other structures or 
uses lawfully in existence and/or lawfully undertaken pursuant to this 
By-law . 

6.8.5 Design requirements and performance standards - 

All facilities erected, installed and/or used shall comply with the 

following design requirements and performance standards. 

6.8.5.1 All monopoles shall be designed to be constructed at the 
minimum height necessary to accommodate the anticipated and future use. 

6.8.5.2 Facilities shall be located a minimum of 500 feet from a 
residential district boundary. 

6.8.5.3 Any wireless communications facility shall comply with the 
setback requirements applicable to structures for the district in which 
it is located. 

6.8.5.4 Antenna or dishes located on a structure shall not exceed ten 
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6.8.5.5 Screening Requirements - All exterior wireless communications 
facilities equipment and fixtures shall be painted or otherwise screened 
or colored to minimize their visibility to abutters, adjacent streets 
and residential neighborhoods. Wireless communications facilities 
equipment and fixtures visible against a building or structure shall be 
colored to blend with such building or structure. Wireless 
communications facilities equipment and fixtures visible against the sky 
or other background shall be colored to minimize visibility against such 
background. A different coloring scheme shall be used to blend the 
structure with the landscape below and above the tree or building line. 
Existing on-site vegetation shall be preserved to the maximum extent 
feasible . 

6.8.5.6 Satellite dishes and/or antenna shall be situated on or 
attached to a structure in such a manner that they are screened, 
preferably not being visible from abutting streets. Free standing 
dishes or antenna shall be located on the landscape in such a manner so 
as to minimize visibility from abutting streets and residences and to 
limit the need to remove existing vegetation. All equipment shall be 
colored, molded and/or installed to blend into the structure and/or the 
landscape . 

6.8.5.7 Fencing shall be provided to control access to wireless 
communications facilities and shall be compatible with the scenic 
character of the town and shall not be of razor wire. 

6.8.5.8 L\'ight lighting of towers shall be prohibited unless required by 
the Federal Aviation Administration. Lighting shall be limited to that 
needed for emergencies and/or as required by the FAA. 

6.8.5.9 There shall be a minimum of one (1) parking space for each 
facility, to be used in connection with the maintenance of the site, and 
not to be used for the permanent storage of vehicles or other equipment. 

6.8.5.10 Annual certification demonstrating continuing compliance with 
the standards of the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Aviation 
Administration and the American National Standards Institute and 
required maintenance shall be filed with the Inspector of Buildings by 
the Special Permit holder. 

6.8.5.11 All unused facilities or parts thereof or accessory facilities 
and structures which have not been used for one (1) year shall be 
dismantled and removed at the owner's expense. 

6.8.6 Procedure for a Special Permit and Site Plan Review. 
All applications for wireless communications facilities, antennas or 
satellite dishes shall be made and filed on the applicable application 
forms for site plan and special permit in compliance with Section 6.5 
and Section 8.5 and also with the following additional requirements. 

6.8.6.1 A locus plan at a scale of 1" = 200' which shall show all 
property lines, zoning, the exact location of the proposed structure { s ) , 
streets, landscape features, residential dwellings and neighborhoods and 
all buildings within five-hundred (500) feet of the facility. 

6.8.6.2 A color photograph or rendition of the facility with its 
antennas and/or panels. For satellite dishes or antennas, a color 
photograph or rendition illustrating the dish or antenna at the proposed 
location is required. 



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6.8.6.3 A view test to be conducted utilizing balloons or other means 
to document the extent of visual impact. The Board of Appeals and 
Planning Board to be notified of the testing date. Photographs of the 
view test showing the impact of the proposed facility on abutting 
streets, adjacent property owners and residential neighborhoods to be 
submitted . 

6.8.6.4 The following information prepared by one or more professional 
engineers : 

A description of the monopole and the technical, economic and other 
reasons for the proposed location, height and design. 

Confirmation that the monopole complied with all applicable Federal and 
State standards. 

A description of the capacity of the monopole including the number and 
type of panels, antenna and/or transmitter receivers that it can 
accommodate and the basis for these calculations. 

6.8.6.5 If applicable, a written statement that the proposed facility 
complies with, or is exempt from applicable regulations administered by 
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communications 
Commission (FCC), Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission and the 
Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

6.8.7 Criteria for Granting Special Permit: 

6.8.7.1 Applications for Special Permits shall be approved or approved 
with conditions if the petitioner can fulfill the requirements of these 
regulations to the satisfaction of the Board of Appeals. 

6.8.7.2 Applications for Special Permits may be denied if the 
petitioner cannot fulfill or address the requirements of these 
regulations or Section 8.5 to the satisfaction of the Board of Appeals. 

6.8.7.3 When considering an application for a wireless communication 
facility, the Board of Appeals shall place great emphasis on the 
proximity of the facility to residential dwellings and its impact on 
these residences. New facilities shall only be considered after a 
finding that existing (or previously approved) facilities cannot 
accommodate the proposed use(s). 

6.8.7.4 When considering an application for an antenna or dish proposed 
to be placed on a structure, the Board of Appeals shall place great 
emphasis on the visual impact of the unit from the abutting 
neighborhoods and street (s). 

2. Amend Section 3.4.7 by adding the phrase "exclusive of wireless 
communications facilities which are defined in Section 3.4.8 and 
addressed in Section 6.8 of this By-law" after the term "public service 
corporation . " 

3. Add a new Section 3.4.8 to classification of Governmental, Institutional 
and Public Service Uses as follows: 



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3.4.8 Definition 

Wireless Communications Facility - Consists exclusively of fixtures and 
equipment used by a public utility or FCC-licensed commercial entity for 
the wireless transmission and reception of radio signals including (1) 
reception and transmission equipment and fixtures such as antennae, 
communication dishes and similar devices, (2) structures that are 
erected and used primarily to support such reception and transmission 
equipment and (3) any accessory mechanical, electronic, or telephonic 
equipment, fixtures, wiring and protective covering customary and 
necessary to operate such wireless communications equipment. A wireless 
communications facility is a transmission and reception substation, not 
a principal facility for conducting a communications business. 

4. Amend (Section 3) Table I Principal Use Regulations by adding the 
following : 

SITE 

RESIDENTIAL BUSINESS INDUSTRIAL PLAN 
DISTRICTS DISTRICTS DISTRICTS REVIEW GWPD 

3.4 Governmental, Institutional RIO R20 R60 NB GB CB GI IP 

and Public Service Uses 

3.4.8 Wireless Communications No No No No SP No SP SP R * 

Facility** 

** Also allowed by SP on Town-owned land; 
or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Carole Hamilton, Planning Board, "I move that the town vote to 
amend the Zoning By-laws and associated Zoning Map of the Town of 
Wilmington, in order to regulate the location, aesthetics and 
construction of wireless communications facilities, satellite dishes and 
antennas by taking the following actions: 

1. Add a new Section 6.8 Wireless Communications Facilities as follows: 

6.8.1 Purpose 

The purpose of these regulations is to minimize adverse impacts of 
wireless communications facilities, satellite dishes and antennas on 
adjacent properties and residential neighborhoods; minimize the overall 
number and height of such facilities to only what is essential; and 
promote shared use of existing facilities to minimize the need for new 
facilities. 

6.8.2. Compliance with Federal and State Regulations: 
All wireless communications facilities shall be erected, installed, 
maintained and used in compliance with all applicable federal and state 
laws, rules and regulations, including radio frequency emission 
regulations as set forth in Section 704 of the 1996 Federal 
Telecommunications Act, as the same may be amended from time to time . 



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6.8.3 Location 

The Wireless Communications Services District is herein established as 
an overlay district and shall be superimposed on the other districts 
established by this By-law. All requirements of the underlying zoning 

district shall remain in full force and effect, except as may be 
specifically superseded herein. Wireless communications facilities 
shall be prohibited at any other location in town. Description of 
areas in the district are as follows: 

a. All land owned by the Town of Wilmington from time to time 
which is held in the care, custody, management and control 
of the Board of Selectmen or the Water & Sewer Commission. 

b. All land located in the General Business (GB) and General 
Industrial (GI) and Industrial Park (IP) districts. 

c . Applicants for a Special Permit to construct wireless 
communications facilities are encouraged to explore 
alternative types of systems other than mounted systems on 
newly constructed towers. Wireless communications antennas 
(including panels) may be mounted on or attached to 
existing structures (including, without limitation, water 
towers and church steeples) in any zoning district by 
Special Permit provided that they be properly screened and 
conform to applicable design requirements as set forth in 
Section 6.8. 

6.8.4 General Requirements 

6.8.4.1 No wireless communications facility may be erected except upon 
the issuance of a Special Permit by the Board of Appeals and Site Plan 
approval as set forth in Section 6.5 of the Zoning Bylaw and subject to 
all of the provisions of this section. 

6.8.4.2 The only wireless communications facilities allowed are free- 
standing monopoles, with associated antenna and/or panels; facilities , 
with associated antennas and/or panels mounted on, or supported in whole 
or in part by, any existing building or structure; and any Wireless 
Communications facility, with associated antennae and/or panels located 
wholly within any existing building or structure. Lattice style towers 
and similar facilities requiring three or more legs and/or guy wires 
for support are not allowed. 

6.8.4.3 All owners and operators of land used in whole or in part 
for a wireless communications facility and all owners and operators of 
such wireless communications facility shall, as a continuing condition 
of installing, constructing, erecting and using a wireless 
communications facility, permit other public utilities or FCC-licensed 
commercial entities seeking to operate a wireless communications 
facility to install, erect, mount and use compatible wireless 
communications equipment and fixtures on the equipment mounting 
structure on reasonable commercial terms provided that such co-location 
does not materially interfere with the transmission and/or reception of 
communication signals to or from the existing wireless communications 
facility, and provided that there are no structural or other physical 
limitations that make it impractical to accommodate the proposed 
additional wireless communications equipment or fixtures. Since it is 
the intent of these regulations to minimize the number of Wireless 
Communication facilities which will be required to be located within the 
town, the Board of Appeals may, as a condition of any Special Permit, 

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require that such specially permitted Wireless Communications facility 
be designed to accommodate the co-location of the maximum number of 
wireless communications installations technically practicable in light 
of the anticipated suitability of the site for other wireless carriers. 

6.8.4.4 Any proposed extension in the height, addition of cells, 
antennas or panels, construction of a new facility, or replacement of 
a facility, shall require an amendment to the Special Permit. 

6.8.4.5 New facilities shall be considered by the Board of Appeals only 
upon a finding by the Board of Appeals that (a) the applicant has 

used reasonable efforts to co-locate its proposed wireless 
communications facilities on existing or approved facilities, and (b) 
either the applicant was unable to negotiate commercially reasonable 
lease terms with the owner of any existing or approved facility that 
could accommodate the proposed facilities from both structural 
engineering (i.e. the height, structural integrity, weight bearing 
and wind-resistant capacity of the existing or approved facility) and 
radio frequency engineering (i.e. height, coverage area, etc.) 
perspectives; or there neither exists nor is there currently proposed 
any facility that could accommodate the proposed facilities from 
structural and radio frequency engineering perspectives. 

6.8.4.6 The town acting through its Planning Board or Board of Appeals 
may require the applicant to pay reasonable fees for review of the 
applicant's proposal by a professional or radio frequency engineer 

or other qualified professional. 

6.8.4.7 Co-existence with other uses - A wireless communications 
facility may be located on the same lot with any other structures or 
uses lawfully in existence and/or lawfully undertaken pursuant to this 
By-law . 

6.8.5 Design requirements and performance standards 

All Wireless Communications facilities erected, installed and/or used 
shall comply with the following design requirements and performance s 
standards . 

6.8.5.1 All Wireless communications facilities shall be designed to be 
constructed at the minimum height necessary to accommodate the proper 
functioning of the anticipated and future wireless communications 
services to be provided by the applicant at such facility. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection 5.2.8.1 of this By-law, a 
free-standing wireless communications facility monopole may be 
installed at a maximum height of up to 120 feet, unless the Board of 
Appeals finds that a greater height is essential to the proper 
functioning of the wireless communications services to be provided 

by the applicant at such location. 

6.8.5.2 Facilities shall be located a minimum of 500 feet from an 
existing residential dwelling or proposed dwelling in a permitted 
subdivision, provided that such a residential structure is located 
within a residential district. 

6.8.5.3 A monopole shall be set back from the property lines of the lot 
on which it is located by a distance equal to the overall vertical 
height of the monopole and any attachments plus five feet, unless the 
applicant demonstrates that due to topography and/or other 
characteristics of the site lesser setbacks shall not pose any public 
safety danger to any adjacent properties. 



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6.8.5.4 Antenna or dishes located on a structure shall not exceed ten 
(10) feet in height above the roof-line of the structure, unless the 
Board of Appeals finds that a greater height is essential to the proper 
functioning of the wireless communication services to be provided by the 
applicant at such location. For structures where it is difficult to 
determine the roofline, such as water tanks, the height of the antennae 
or dishes shall not exceed ten feet above the highest point of the 
structure . 

6.8.5.5 Screening Requirements - All exterior wireless 
communications facilities equipment and fixtures shall be painted or 
otherwise screened or colored to minimize their visibility to abutters, 
adjacent streets and residential neighborhoods. Wireless communications 
facilities equipment and fixtures visible against a building or 
structure shall be colored to blend with such building or structure. 
Wireless communications facilities equipment and fixtures visible 
against the sky or other background shall be colored to minimize 
visibility against such background. A different coloring scheme shall 
be used to blend the structure with the landscape below and above the 
line. Existing on-site vegetation shall be preserved to the maximum 
extent feasible. 

6.8.5.6 Satellite dishes and/or antenna shall be situated on or 
attached to a structure in such a manner that they are screened, 
preferably not being visible from abutting streets. Free standing 
dishes or antenna shall be located on the landscape in such a manner so 
as to minimize visibility from abutting streets and residences and to 
limit the need to remove existing vegetation. All equipment shall 

be colored, molded and/or installed to blend into the structure and/or 
the landscape. 

6.8.5.7 Fencing shall be provided to control access to wireless 
communications facilities and shall be compatible with the scenic 
character of the town and shall not be of razor wire. 

6.8.5.8 Night lighting of towers shall be prohibited unless required by 
the Federal Aviation Administration. Lighting shall be limited to that 
needed for emergencies and/or as required by the FAA. 

6.8.5.9 There shall be a minimum of one (1) parking space for each 
facility, to be used in connection with the maintenance of the site, and 
not to be used for the permanent storage of vehicles or other equipment. 

6.8.5.10 Annual certification demonstrating continuing compliance with 
the standards of the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Aviation 
Administration and the American National Standards Institute and 
required maintenance shall be filed with the Inspector of Buildings 

by the Special Permit holder. 

6.8.5.11 All unused facilities or parts thereof or accessory facilities 
and structures which have not been used for one (1) year shall be 
dismantled and removed at the owner's expense. The town acting through 
its Planning Board or Board of Appeals may require a performance bond 
prior to the issuance of a building permit to ensure compliance with 
this provision. 

6.8.6 Procedure for a Special Permit and Site Plan Review 

All applications for wireless communications facilities, antennas or 

satellite dishes shall be made and filed on the applicable application 

forms for site plan and special permit in compliance with Section 

6.5 and Section 8.5 and also with the following additional requirements. 



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6.8.6.1 A locus plan at a scale of 1" = 200' which shall show all 
property lines, zoning, the exact location of the proposed structure ( s ) , 
streets, landscape features, residential dwellings and neighborhoods 
and all buildings within five-hundred (500) feet of the facility. 

6.8.6.2 A color photograph or rendition of the facility with its 
antennas and/or panels. For satellite dishes or antennas, a color 
photograph or rendition illustrating the dish or antenna at the 
proposed location is required. 

6.8.6.3 A view test to be conducted utilizing balloons or other means 
to document the extent of visual impact. The Board of Appeals and 
Planning Board to be notified of the testing date. Photographs of 
the view test showing the impact of the proposed facility on 
abutting streets, adjacent property owners and residential 
neighborhoods to be submitted. 

6.8.6.4 The following information prepared by one or more professional 
or radio frequency engineers or other qualified professional : 

A description of the monopole and the technical, ( delete economic) and 
other reasons for the proposed location, height and design. 

Documentation of an exhaustive search for the site . 

Confirmation that the monopole complied with all applicable 
Federal and State standards. 

A description of the capacity of the monopole including the number and 
type of panels, antenna and/or transmitter receivers that it can 
accommodate. Delete "and the basis for these calculations ." 

6.8.6.5 If applicable, a written statement that the proposed facility 
complies with, or is exempt from applicable regulations administered 
by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communications 
Commission (FCC), Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission and the 
Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

6.8.7 Criteria for Granting Special Permit: 

6.8.7.1 Applications for Special Permits shall be approved or approved 
with conditions if the petitioner can fulfill the requirements of these 
regulations to the satisfaction of the Board of Appeals. 

6.8.7.2 Applications for Special Permits may be denied if the 
petitioner cannot fulfill or address the requirements of these 
regulations or Section 8.5 to the satisfaction of the Board of 
Appeals . 

6.8.7.3 When considering an application for a wireless communication 
facility, the Board of Appeals shall take into consideration the 
proximity of the facility to residential dwellings and its impact on 
these residences. New facilities shall only be considered after a 
finding that existing (or previously approved) wireless communication 
facilities suitable for and available to the applicant on commercially 
reasonable terms cannot accommodate the proposed use(s) taking into 
consideration radio frequency engineering issues and technological 
constraints . 



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6.8.7.4 When considering an application for an antenna or dish 
proposed to be placed on a structure, the Board of Appeals shall take 
into consideration place great emphasis on the visual impact of the 
unit from the abutting neighborhoods and street (s). 

2. Pjnend Section 3.4.7 by adding the phrase "exclusive of wireless 
communications facilities which are defined in Section 3.4.8 and 
addressed in Section 6.8 of this By-law" after the term "public service 
corporation" , 

3. Add a new Section 3.4.8 to classification of Governmental, 

Institutional and Public Service Uses as follows: 

3.4.8 Definition 

Wireless Communications Facility - Consists exclusively of fixtures 
and equipment used by a public utility or FCC-licensed commercial 
entity for the wireless transmission and reception of radio signals 
including (1) reception and transmission equipment and fixtures such 
as antennae, communication dishes and similar devices, (2) structures 
that are erected and used primarily to support such reception and 
transmission equipment and (3) any accessory mechanical, electronic, 
or telephonic equipment, fixtures, wiring and protective covering 
customary and necessary to operate such wireless communications 
equipment. A wireless communications facility is a transmission and 
reception substation, not a principal facility for conducting a 
communications business. 

4. Amend (Section 3) Table I Principal Use Regulations by adding the 
following : 

SITE 

RESIDENTIAL BUSINESS INDUSTRIAL PLAN 
DISTRICTS DISTRICTS DISTRICTS REVIEW GWPD 

3.4 Governmental, Institutional RIO R20 R60 NB GB CB GI IP 
and Public Service Uses 

3.4.8 Wireless Communications No No No No SP No SP SP R * 
Facility** 

** Monopoles allowed by SP on Town-owned land; and attachments 
allowed by SP on existing structures in all zoning districts. 

Motion by Carole Hamilton, "This amends the Zoning By-law to regulate 
the use and locations of wireless communications. Telecommunication 
Act of 1996, allows use and town cannot prohibit the use. This By- 
law gives town some means of control. Finance Committee and 
Planning Board recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, 
unanimously . 

ARTICLE 33. (drawn #29) To see if the town will vote to amend the Zoning By-law 
and associated Zoning Map of the Town of Wilmington by taking the following 
actions : 

(1) Amend Section 2.2 of the Zoning Bylaw and associated Zoning Map of the 

Town of Wilmington by deleting the paragraph Flood Plain Map of the 
Town of Wilmington, March 1973 (Scale 1" = 1200' , consisting of a 
single sheet). Flood Insurance Rate Map and Flood Boundary and 
Floodway Map dated June 15, 1982 (Scale 1" = 600' consisting of eight 
sheets) and the Flood Profiles in the "Flood Insurance Study, Town of 



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Wilmington" dated December 15, 1982; and replacing it with the 
following text: 

Wilmington Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) dated January 18, 1989 and 
the Wilmington Flood Boundary and Floodway Map dated January 18, 1989. 

(2) Delete Sections 2.3.5, 2.3.5.1 and 2.3.5.2. 

(3) Amend Section 6.2. by deleting Section 6.2.1. Purpose and replacing it 
with the text that follows: 

6.2.1 Purpose - The purposes of the Flood Plain District are to: 

1. Ensure public safety through reducing the threats to life and 
personal injury; 

2. Eliminate new hazards to emergency response officials; 

3. Prevent the occurrence of public emergencies resulting from 
water quality, contamination, and pollution due to flooding; 

4. Avoid the loss of utility services which if damaged by flooding 
would disrupt or shut down the utility network and impact 
regions of the community beyond the site of flooding; 

5. Eliminate costs associated with the response and cleanup of 
flooding conditions; 

6. Reduce damage to public and private property resulting from 
flooding waters; 

7. Provide long term control over the extent of land subject to 
inundation by the base flood. 

(4) Amend Section 6.2 by adding a new subsection 6.2.2 as 
follows and renumbering following subsections accordingly: 

Section 6.2.2 Flood Plain District Boundaries and Base Flood Elevation 
and Floodway Data 

6.2.2.1 Flood Plain District Boundaries - The Flood Plain District is 
herein established as an overlay district. The District includes 

all special flood hazard areas designated on the Wilmington Flood 
Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) issued by the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency (FEMA) for the administration of the NFIP dated January 18, 1989 
as Zone A, AH, AO, Al-30, A99, V, Vl-30 and the FEMA Flood Boundary & 
Floodway Map dated January 18, 1989, both maps which indicate the 100- 
year regulatory flood plain. The exact boundaries of the District 
may be defined by the Flood Insurance study booklet dated January 18, 
1989. The FIRM, Floodway Maps and Flood Insurance study booklet dated 
January 18, 1989 are incorporated herein by reference and are on file 
with the Planning & Conservation Department, Town Engineer and 
Inspector of Buildings. 

6.2.2.2 Base Flood Elevation and Floodway Data 

(a) Floodway Data - In Zone A and Al-30, along watercourses that 

have not had a regulatory floodway designated, the best 
available Federal, State, local or other floodway data shall be 
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(b) Base Flood Elevation Data - Base flood elevation data is 

required for subdivision proposals or other developments 
greater than 50 lots or 5 acres, whichever is the lesser, within 
unnumbered A zones. 

(5) Delete Section 6.2.3.4 in its entirety and replace it with the 
following text: 

Section 6.2.4.4 Maintenance and repair of existing structures and 
improvement of existing structures provided that any such improvement is 
in accordance with Section 2102.0 of the State Building Code. 

(6) Delete Section 6.2.4 in its entirety and replace it with the following 
text : 

6.2.5 Uses Permitted by Special Permit from the Board of Appeals 

The Board of Appeals may authorize by Special Permit any use 
permitted in the underlying district in which the land is located, 
including grading, filling and excavating, subject to the same use 
and development regulations as may otherwise apply thereto provided that 
the Board of Appeals finds that the proposed use will not significantly 
conflict with the purposes set forth herein and provided further that: 

(a) At least 100 percent of the flood storage volume of the site 
(the volume of water which could be stored between the 
elevation(s) of the property as it existed on 15 June 1982 
and the elevation (s) of the base flood) shall be maintained; 

(b) In the case of residential structures the elevation 

of the lowest floor level including basement of any new or 
substantially improved dwelling shall be at or above the base 
flood and in the case of non-residential buildings the 
elevation of the lowest floor including basement of any nev^/ 
or substantially improved building shall be at or above the 
base flood or flood-proofed to above the base flood, in 
accordance with Section 2102.0 of the State Building Code; 

(c) In the case of vehicular access the elevation of the 
lowest point of any new driveway from the street to the 
building shall be at or above the base flood and all new 
construction, including utilities, is anchored to prevent 
flotation and designed to avoid impairment during the base 
flood, in accordance with Section 2102.0 of the State 
Building Code. 

(d) Reference to Existing Regulations - All development 

in the district, including structural and non-structural 
activities, whether permitted by right or by special permit 
must be in compliance with Chapter 131, Section 40 of the 
Massachusetts General Laws and with the following: 

Section of the Massachusetts Building Code which addresses 
flood plain and coastal high hazard areas (currently 780 CMR 
2102.0, "Flood Resistant Construction"); 

Wetlands Protection Regulations, Department of Environmental 
Protection (DEP) (currently 310 CMR 10.00); 



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Inland Wetlands Restriction, DEP (currently 302 CMR 6.00) 

Coastal Wetlands Restriction, DEP (currently 302 CMR 4.00); 

Minimum Requirements for the Subsurface Disposal of Sanitary 
Sewage, DEP (currently 310 CMR 15, Title V) ; 

Any variances from the provisions and requirements of the 
above-referenced state regulations may only be granted in 
accordance with the required variance procedures of these 
state regulations. 

Add a new subsection 5.2.7 as follows: 
6.2.7 Definitions 

6.2.7.1 Area of Special Flood Hazard is the land in the floodplain 
within a community subject to a one percent or greater chance of 
flooding in any given year. The area may be designated as Zone A, 
AO, AH, Al-30, AE, A99, Vl-30, VE, or V. 

6.2.7.2 Base Flood means the flood having a one percent chance of being 
equaled or exceeded in any given year. 

6.2.7.3 Development means any manmade change to improved or 
unimproved real estate, including but not limited to building or other 
structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or 
drilling operations. 

6.2.7.4 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the 
National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA provides a nationwide flood 
hazard area mapping study program for communities as well as 
regulatory standards for development in the flood hazard areas. 

6.2.7.5 Flood Boundary and Floodway Map means an official map of a 
community issued by FEMA that depicts, based on detailed analyses, 
the boundaries of the 100-year and 500-year floods and the 100-year 
floodway. (For maps done in 1987 and later, the floodway designation 
is included on the FIRM) 

6.2.7.6 Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) means an official map of a 
community on which FEMA has delineated both the areas of special flood 
hazard and the risk premium zones applicable to the community. 

6.2.7.7 Floodway means the channel of a river or other watercourse 
and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge 
the base flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface 
elevation . 

6.2.7.8 Lowest Floor means the lowest floor of the lowest enclosed 
area (including basement or cellar). An unfinished or flood resistant 
enclosure, usable solely for parking of vehicles, building access or 
storage in an area other than a basement area is not considered a 
building's lowest floor, provided that such enclosure is not built 

so as to render the structure in violation of the applicable non- 
elevation design requirements of NFIP Regulations 60.3. 

6.2.7.9 New Construction means, for floodplain management purposes, 
structures for which the "start of construction" commenced on or after 
the effective date of a floodplain management regulation adopted by a 



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community. For the purpose of determining insurance rates, new 
construction means structures for which the "start of construction" 
commenced on or after the effective date of an initial FIRM or after 
December 31, 1974, whichever is later. 

6.2.7.10 One-Hundred-Year Flood - see BASE FLOOD 

6.2.7.11 Special Flood Hazard Area means an area having special flood 
and/or flood-related erosion hazards, and shown on an FHBM or FIRM as 
Zone A, AO, Al-30, AE, A99, AH, V, Vl-30, VE . 

6.2.7.12 Start of Construction includes substantial improvement, and 
means the date the building permit was issued, provided the actual start 
of construction, repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, 
placement, or other improvement was within 180 days of the permit 

date. The actual start means either the first placement of permanent 
construction of a structure on site, such as the pouring of slab or 
footings, the installation of piles, the construction of columns, or any 
work beyond the stage of excavation; or the placement of a manufactured 
home on a foundation. For a substantial improvement, the actual start 
of construction means the first alteration of any wall, ceiling, or 
floor, or other structural part of a building, whether or not that 
alteration affects the external dimensions of the building. 

6.2.7.13 Structure means, for floodplain management purposes, a walled 
and roofed building, including a gas or liquid storage tank, that is 
principally aboveground, as well as a manufactured home. Structure, 
for insurance coverage purposes, means a walled and roofed building, 
other than a gas or liquid storage tank, that is principally above 
ground and affixed to a permanent site, as well as a manufactured home 
on foundation. For the latter purpose, the term includes a building 
while in the course of construction, alteration, or repair, but does 
not include building materials or supplies intended for use in such 
construction, alteration, or repair, unless such materials or 
supplies are within an enclosed building on the premises. 

6.2.7.14 Substantial Damage means damage of any origin sustained by 
a structure whereby the cost of restoring the structure to its before 
damaged condition would equal or exceed 50 percent of the market value 
of the structure before the damage occurred. 

6.2.7.15 Substantial Improvement means any reconstruction, 
rehabilitation, addition, or other improvement of a structure, the cost 
of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the 
structure before the "start of construction" of the improvement. 

This term includes structures which have incurred "substantial 
damage, " regardless of the actual repair work performed. 

6.2.7.16 Zone A means the 100-year floodplain area where the base 
flood elevation (BFE) has not been determined. To determine the BFE, 
use the best available federal, state, local, or other data. 

6.2.7.17 Zone A-1 - A-30 and Zone AE (for new and revised maps) means 
the 100-year floodplain where the base flood elevation has been 
determined . 

6.2.7.18 Zone AH and Zone AO means the 100-year floodplain 
with flood depths of 1 to 3 feet, or do anything in relation 
thereto . 



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Motion by Carole Hamilton of the Planning Board is the same as stated in 
above warrant article. This article is to revise the definition of 
Flood Plain District. The state regulations have changed and this will 
bring the Zoning By-law and Map into compliance. Finance Committee 
recommends approval. Planning Board recommends approval. Motion 
seconded and so voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 34. (drawn #16) To see if the town will vote to amend the Zoning By-laws 
of the Town of Wilmington by deleting Section 8.3.4 and substituting the 
following 8.3.4: To hear and decide applications under Massachusetts General 
Laws, Chapter 41, Section 81E for the issuance of a permit for the erection of a 
building on a lot not in a subdivision approved under the subdivision control law 
and on a lot not on a way placed on or made part of the Official Map when the 
Board finds that enforcement of the foregoing provision v^ould entail practical 
difficulty or unnecessary hardship and that the circumstances do not require that 
the building be related to a way shown on a subdivision plan or the Official map; 
or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael A. Roache, "I move that the town vote to amend the 
Zoning By-laws of the Town of Wilmington by deleting Section 8.3.4 
and substituting the following 8.3.4: To hear and decide applications 
under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 41, Section 81E for the 
issuance of a permit for the erection of a building on a lot not in a 
subdivision approved under the subdivision control law and on a lot not 
on a way placed on or miade part of the Official Map when the Board finds 
that enforcement of the foregoing provision would entail practical 
difficulty or unnecessary hardship and that the circumstances do not 
require that the building be related to a way shown on a subdivision 
plan or the Official map." This article came from the study on 
unaccepted ways and will clarify how streets should be constructed. 
Jeff Miller asked to what Board this article refers. Answer was Board 
of Appeals. Finance Committee recommends approval. Planning Board 
recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 35. (drawn #23) To see if the town will vote to authorize transfer of 
the care, custody, management and control of certain parcels of land owned by the 
Town of Wilmington hereinafter described to the Conservation Commission. Said 
parcels are described as Map 11, Parcels 29, 30+, 33 and 36X; Map 45, Parcels 93Y 
and 94; and Map 50, Parcels 43, 46 and 51; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by James J. Rooney, "I move that the town vote to authorize 
transfer of the care, custody, management and control of certain parcels 
of land owned by the Town of Wilmington hereinafter described to the 
Conservation Commission. Said parcels are described as Map 11, Parcels 
29, 30+, 33 and 36X; Map 45, Parcels 93Y and 94; and Map 50, Parcels 43, 
46 and 51." This article transfers certain Town-owned parcels to the 
care of the Conservation Commission. Finance Committee recommends 
approval. Planning Board recommends approval. Motion seconded and so 
voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 36. (drawn #4) To see if the town will vote to accept the layout of a 
portion of the extension of Burt Road from the easterly line of Parcel I to the 
Wilmington/Andover townline, said portion of the layout and said Parcel I being 
more fully depicted on a plan entitled "Layout and Taking Plan in Andover and 
Wilmington, Massachusetts by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., Scale 1" = 100 feet; 
dated December 18, 1996," and filed with the Town Clerk; and to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, conveyance, purchase or taking by eminent 
domain, fees, easements and such other interests as may be necessary for highway 
purposes in the following described parcels of land: 



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Parcel H-2 containing 21,368 square feet as shown on said plan; 
Parcel I containing 8,980 square feet as shown on said plan; 

and raise from taxation or transfer from available funds, and appropriate the sum 
of $100.00 for said acquisitions by conveyance, purchase or taking by eminent 
domain; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Robert J. Cain, "I move to pass over this article." Motion 
seconded and so voted. 

ARTICLE 37. (#22) To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to petition the State Legislature to authorize that Brian J. Clark be 
allowed to take the civil service Fire Department entrance examination for the 
position of Fire Fighter in the Wilmington Fire Department and/or be appointed as 
a member of the Fire Department of the Town of Wilm.ington notwithstanding that he 
is more than thirty-two years old; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Michael J. Newhouse, "I move that the town to authorize Board 
of Selectmen to petition the State Legislature to authorize that Brian 
J. Clark be allowed to take the civil service Fire Department entrance 
examination for the position of Fire Fighter in the Wilmington Fire 
Department and/or be appointed as a member of the Fire Department of the 
Town of Wilmington notwithstanding that he is more than thirty-two years 
old." Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so 
voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 38. (drawn #15) To see if the town will vote to accept as a town Way, 
the layout of Molloy Road as recommended by the Planning Board and laid out by 
the Selectmen under the provisions of the law relating to assessment of 
Betterments, which layout is filed in the Office of the Town Clerk, and which 
with plans therein mentioned is hereby referred to for more particular 
description; and to authorize the Selectmen to take by right of Eminent Domain 
such land, slope and drainage or other easements as may be necessary to effect 
the purpose of this Article, and to determine how an appropriation shall be 
raised, whether by taxation, transfer from available funds, or by borrowing under 
the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 7, or otherwise, for the purpose of 
engineering and construction of said way, and for the payment of any damages 
resulting from the taking of land and slope easements and other easements 
therefor; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Town Manager, Michael Caira, "I move to pass over this 
article." Motion seconded and so voted. 

ARTICLE 39. (drawn #12) To see if the town will vote to authorize transfer of 
the care, custody, management and control of a certain parcel of land owned by 
the Town of Wilmington, hereinafter described to the Selectmen of the Town of 
Wilmington, said land having been determined to be no longer needed for any 
municipal purpose, and for the express purpose of conveying the same, all in 
accordance with the General Laws Chapter 30B; and further that the Selectmen be 
and are hereby authorized to grant and convey such interest in the land as is 
owned by the Town of Wilmington and upon such terms and conditions as shall be 
determined by the Selectmen in accordance with Chapter 3, section 16 of the By- 
laws of the Inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington Revised. Said parcel and 
interest are described as Map 16, Parcel 65; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by John Spracklin, "I move that the town vote to authorize 
transfer of the care, custody, management and control of a certain 
parcel of land owned by the Town of Wilmington, hereinafter described to 
the Selectmen of the Town of Wilmington, said land having been 
determined to be no longer needed for any municipal purpose, and for the 



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express purpose of conveying the same, all in accordance with the 
General Laws Chapter 30B; and further that the Selectmen be and are 
hereby authorized to grant and convey such interest in the land as is 
owned by the Town of Wilmington for a price of not less than $ 8 , 850 and 
upon such terms and conditions as shall be determined by the Selectmen 
in accordance with Chapter 3, section 16 of the By-laws of the 
Inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington Revised." Said parcel and 
interest are described as Map 16, Parcel 65. Town Manager declared land 
is surplus to the needs of the town. Finance Committee recommends 
approval. Planning Board recommends approval. Motion seconded and so 
voted . 

ARTICLE 40. (drawn #11) To see if the town will vote to authorize transfer of 
the care, custody, management and control of a certain parcel of land owned by 
the Town of Wilmington, hereinafter described to the Selectmen of the Town of 
Wilmington, said land having been determined to be no longer needed for any 
municipal purpose, and for the express purpose of conveying the same, all in 
accordance with the General Laws Chapter BOB; and further that the Selectmen be 
and are hereby authorized to grant and convey such interest in the land as is 
owned by the Town of Wilmington and upon such terms and conditions as shall be 
determined by the Selectmen in accordance with Chapter 3, section 16 of the By- 
laws of the Inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington Revised. Disposition to be 
subject to a deed restriction that no dwellings be allowed. Said parcels and 
interest are described as Map 9, Parcel 66; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Town Manager, "I move that we pass over this article." 
Motion seconded and so voted. 

After Article 40, motion made by Ted Tripp, Water & Sewer Commissioners, "I move 
that the town reconsider the action taken on Article 18 in order that an 
amendment may be offered that would modify the scope of the article, changing the 
amount to $965,000." Motion for reconsideration, defeated. 

ARTICLE 41. (drawn #19) To see if the town will vote to authorize transfer of the 
care, custody, management and control of certain parcels of land owned by the 
Town of Wilmington, hereinafter described to the Selectmen of the Town of 
Wilmington, said land having been determined to be no longer needed for any 
municipal purpose, and for the express purpose of conveying the same, all in 
accordance with the General Laws Chapter 30B; and further that the Selectmen be 
and are hereby authorized to grant and convey such interest in the land as is 
owned by the Town of Wilmington and upon such terms and conditions as shall be 
determined by the Selectmen in accordance with Chapter 3, section 16 of the By- 
laws of the Inhabitants of the Town of Wilmington Revised. Said parcels and 
interest are described as Map 9, Parcel 71; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Susan LaRosa, "I move that the town vote to authorize transfer 
of the care, custody, management and control of certain parcels of land 
owned by the Town of Wilmington, hereinafter described to the Selectmen 
of the Town of Wilmington, said land having been determined to be 
no longer needed for any municipal purpose, and for the express purpose 
of conveying the same, all in accordance with the General Laws Chapter 
30B; and further that the Selectmen be and are hereby authorized to 
grant and convey such interest in the land as is owned by the Town of 
Wilmington for a price of not less than $ 5, 000 and upon such terms and 
conditions as shall be determined by the Selectmen in accordance with 
Chapter 3, section 16 of the By-laws of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Wilmington Revised. Said parcels and interest are described as Map 9, 
Parcel 71." Finance Committee recomimends approval. Planning Board 
recommends approval. Town Manager states land is surplus to the needs 
of the town. Motion seconded and so voted. 



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ARTICLE 42. (drawn #25) To see if the town will vote to authorize transfer of 
the care, custody, management and control of certain parcels of land owned by 
the Town of Wilmington, hereinafter described to the Conservation Commission. 
Said parcels are described as Map 49, Parcels 33 and 34; or do anything in 
relation thereto. 

Motion by Barbara Coltraro, "I move that the town vote to authorize 
transfer of the care, custody, management and control of certain parcels 
of land owned by the Town of Wilmington, hereinafter described to the 
Conservation Commission. Said parcels are described as Map 49, Parcels 
33 and 34." These parcels have been petitioned for the past two years 
to be declared surplus. Town Meeting has voted it down each year. She 
would like these transferred to Conservation Commission so that this 
does not happen each year. Town Manager opposes, this is town owned and 
not wetlands. James Morris of Conservation Commission voted in favor. 
Finance Committee recommends disapproval. Planning Board recommends 
disapproval. Motion to move question. Yes 719 No 7. Main motion 
seconded and voted Yes 139 No 231. Article fails. 

ARTICLE 43. (drawn #7) To see if the town will vote to authorize the removal 
of certain restrictions as contained in a deed from the Town of Wilmington to 
Stephen A. Langone, dated May 4, 1970 and recorded at the Middlesex North 
District Registry of Deeds at Book 1922, Page 16. Said parcel is more 
particularly described as Lot 374 on a "Plan of Land called Fairview Park, 
with said plan being recorded at the Middlesex North District Registry of 
Deeds as Plan Book 31, Plan 62," and to which reference is made for a more 
particular description of said Lot 374. Lot 374 contains 1,600 square feet of 
land, more or less. Said premises are also shown as a portion of the Town of 
Wilmington Assessor's Map 31, Parcel 47A; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Edward Langone, "I move that the town vote to authorize the 
removal of certain restrictions as contained in a deed from the Town of 
Wilmington to Stephen A. Langone, dated May 4, 1970 and recorded at the 
Middlesex North District Registry of Deeds at Book 1922, Page 16. Said 
parcel is more particularly described as Lot 374 on a "Plan of Land 
called Fairview Park, with said plan being recorded at the Middlesex 
North District Registry of Deeds as Plan Book 31, Plan 62," and to which 
reference is made for a more particular description of said Lot 374. 
Lot 374 contains 1,600 square feet of land, more or less. Said premises 
are also shown as a portion of the Town of Wilmington Assessor's Map 
31, Parcel 47A." Mr. Langone stated remove a restriction created from 
the original transaction with the town regarding this property. This is 
needed to clear the title on his land. Amount $509.20. Finance 
Committee no action. Planning Board no action. Motion seconded and so 
voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 44. (drawn #13) To see if the town will vote to amend the Zoning Map 
and associated Zoning By-laws of the Town of Wilmington by voting to change 
from Residential 20 (R-20) to Neighborhood Business (NB) the following 
described parcel of land: 

Two certain parcels of land situated in Wilmington, Middlesex County, 
Massachusetts, the first parcel containing 2 1/4 acres and 38 rods, more or 
less, bounded and described as follows: 

Beginning at a southwesterly corner thereof on the northeasterly side of 
the B & M Railroad at another county road; 

Thence the line runs northerly by said Railroad 19.08 rocs to Lubber's 
Brook; 

Thence in a generally southeasterly course by said brook about 59 rods 
to land of Lemuel C. Fames; 



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Thence southerly 14.12 rods; 
Thence northwesterly 20 rods; 

Thence westerly 8.92 rods by said Eames land to the county road; 
Thence northwesterly by said road to the first bound mentioned. 



The second parcel bounded and described as follows: 



About two (2) acres of land on the northerly side of Concord Street in 
said Wilmington between the railroad crossing and Lubber's Brook, being 
parcel No. 11 in deed from Town of Wilmington to Raymond C. Booth and 
Amelia G. Booth dated December 30, 1953 recorded with Middlesex North 
District Registry of Deeds in Book 1244, Page 354. 

Subject to and with the benefit of easements, restrictions, reservations and 
rights of way of record insofar as the same are now in force and applicable. 

For Petitioner's title see Deed of Vincent A. Lopez, Trustee of Lopez Realty 
Trust dated January 30, 1985 and recorded at Middlesex North District Registry 
of Deeds in Book 2954, Page 111. 

The above-referenced parcels are also shown as Parcel 4 on Assessor's Map 78 
and Parcel 1 on Assessor's Map 86, or do anything in relation thereto. 

Moderator James Stewart, stated letter received from petitioner to withdraw 
this article. Motion seconded and so voted. 



The attendance at Town Meeting was as follows and the meeting adjourned in 
early evening at 5:50 p.m. 



10:45 a.m. - 179 4:25 p.m. - 811 

1:15 p.m. - 568 NonVoters - 25 

3:15 p.m. - 685 

TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FY - 1997 

Total By Transfer By Taxation 

Appropriation 

328, 116 328, 116 



TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FY - 1998 

Total 

Appropriation By Transfer By Taxation 



SCHOOL BUDGET 
MUNICIPAL BUDGET 
CAPITAL OUTLAY 
WARRANT ARTICLES 
TOTAL BUDGET 



18,117, 823 
17, 672, 483 
309, 089 
176, 950 
36, 276, 345 



766, 478 



766. 478 



18, 117, 823 
16, 906, 005 
309, 089 
176, 950 
34. 418. 872 



STATUTORY CHARGES 
TOTAL 



3, 687, 394 
39. 963. 739 



85, 091 
851. 569 



Bonding 
25, 600, 000 
6, OOP, 000 
31. 600, OOP 



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AVAILABLE FUNDS 

CAPITAL STABILIZATION FUND 122,670 

CEMETERY SALES 63,206 

CEMETERY INTEREST 15,000 

WATER ANTICIPATED REVENUE 650, 693 

TOTAL 851,569 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - NOVEMBER 17, 1997 
WITH ACTION TAKEN THEREON 

The meeting was called to order by Town Moderator, James Stewart with a quorum 
present of one hundred fifty-one (151) at 7:45 P.M. 

Selectman, Daniel Wandell, "I move that the Moderator dispense with 
further reading of the Warrant and take up and make reference to each article 
by number." Motion seconded and so voted. 

Articles will be by random draw as prescribed by the town's Inhabitant By-law. 

ARTICLE 1. (drawn as #3) To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum 
of money allocated to the Town of Wilmington from available funds in the 
Massachusetts Department of Education Fiscal Year 1998 Foundation Reserve 
Program, said funds to be appropriated to various accounts; or do anything in 
relation thereto. 

Motion by School Committee Chairman, Barbara K. Breakey, "I move that 
the town vote to appropriate the sum of $50, OOP from available funds in 
the Massachusetts Department of Education Fiscal Year 1998 Foundation 
Reserve Program, to the Wilmington School Department Account." Mrs. 
Breakey thanked Rep. James Miceli for all his assistance in securing 
these funds. Rep. Miceli then thanked School and Town Officials, 
Senator Bruce Tarr and Rep. Charles Murphy for all their help. Finance 
Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, 
unanimously . 

ARTICLE 2. (drawn as #2) To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of 
money allocated to the Town of Wilmington from available funds - Additional 
Lottery Aid, said funds to be appropriated to the Unclassified and Reserve - 
Reserve Fund; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Selectman, Daniel C. Wandell, "I move that the town vote to 
appropriate $91, 451 from available funds - Additional Lottery Aid, to 
the Unclassified and Reserve - Reserve Fund Account." Finance Committee 
recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 3. (drawn as #1) To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of 
money for the purpose of financing the following water pollution abatement 
facility projects: repair, replacement and/or upgrade of septic systems, 
pursuant to agreements with the Board of Health and residential property 
owners and as authorized by the Town Manager, including without limitation all 
costs thereof as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 29C of the General Laws; and 
to determine whether this appropriation shall be raised by borrowing from the 
Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust or otherwise; or do anything in 
relation thereto. 



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Motion by Town Manager, Michael A. Caira, "I move that the town vote to 
appropriate $200 , OOP for the purpose of financing the following water 
pollution abatement facility projects: repair, replacement and/or 
upgrade of septic systems, pursuant to agreements with the Board of 
Health and residential property owners, including without limitation 
all costs thereof as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 29C of the General 
Laws; that to meet this appropriation the Treasurer with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen is authorized to borrow $200 , 000 and issue bonds 
or notes therefor under G.L. Chapter 111, Section 127B 1/2 and/or 
Chapter 29C of the General Laws; that project and financing costs shall 
be repaid by the property owners, in accordance with those agreements, 
but such bonds or notes shall be general obligations of the town; and 
the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is 
authorized to borrow all or a portion of such amount from the 
Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust established pursuant to 
Chapter 29C and in connection therewith to enter into a loan 
agreement and/or security agreement with the Trust and otherwise 
contract with the Trust and the Department of Environmental Protection 
with respect to such loan and for any federal or state aid available for 
the projects or for the financing thereof; and that the Board of Health, 
subject to the approval of the Town Manager, is authorized to enter 
into a project regulatory agreement with the Department of 
Environmental Protection, to expend all funds available for the projects 
and to take any other action necessary to carry out the projects." 
Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion seconded and so voted 
unanimously . 

ARTICLE 4. (drawn as #4) To see if the town will vote to authorize the Water 
and Sewer Commissioners to provide an alternative route in addition to the 
route previously voted for the construction of sewers, sewage systems and 
disposal facilities known as the Route 38 Corridor Sewer Project, in 
accordance with alternative plans on file at the office of the Water and Sewer 
Commission, and to authorize the Commissioners to acquire interest in land 
whether by purchase, eminent domain, gift or otherwise and to assess one 
hundred percent (100%) betterments, all in accordance with General or Special 
Laws hereto enabling and to appropriate a sum of money and to determine 
whether such funds shall be raised by taxation, transfer from available funds, 
or by borrowing under the provisions of General Laws Chapter 44, or by any 
combination thereof; and to authorize the Board of Water and Sewer 
Commissioners and/or the Board of Selectmen to apply for any federal and state 
aid and to receive gifts which may be available as contributions to be applied 
toward the cost of the project; or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Noel D. Baratta, Water & Sewer Commissioner, "I move that the 
town vote to authorize the Water and Sewer Commissioners to provide an 
alternative route in addition to the route previously voted for the 
construction of sewers, sewage systems and disposal facilities known as 
the Route 38 Corridor Sewer Project, in accordance with the alternative 
plans on file at the office of the Water and Sewer Commission, and to 
authorize the Commissioners to acquire interest in land whether by 
purchase, eminent domain, gift or otherwise and to assess one hundred 
percent (100%) betterments, all in accordance with General or Special 
Laws hereto enabling." This article is necessary because of 
problems in original route and an alternate route had to be 
established. Finance Committee recommends approval. Motion 
seconded and so voted, unanimously. 

ARTICLE 5. (drawn as #5) To see if the town will vote to amend the Zoning By- 
laws and associated zoning map of the Town of Wilmington by rezoning from 
Residential 20 (R-20) to General Business (GB) the following described 
premises : 

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The land with building thereon, in Wilmington, Middlesex County, MA said 
premises containing 23,097 square feet of land as shown on a plan entitled, 
"Plan of Land in Wilmington surveyed by John R. Marshall and Delores 
Marshall," December 1961, H. Kingman Abbott, surveyor, said plan being 
recorded in Middlesex North District Registry of Deeds in Plan Book 96, Plan 
78A. For our title see deed book of Mark P. Breslin and Sharon K. Breslin 
recorded with said Registry in Book 3225, Page 243. 

The land with buildings thereon in Wilmington, MA bounded and described as 
follows: Beginning at the Intersection of the Southeastern boundary of the 
land of Harley Junior and Eleanor Towle with Lowell Street in said Wilmington; 

Northerly by land of said Towle, one hundred eighty and 12/100 (180.12) 

feet ; 

Easterly by land of John R. Marshall, et ux, one hundred thirty-one 

and 63/100 (131.63) feet; 
Southerly by land of John R. Marshall, one hundred eighty (180) feet; 

and 

Westerly by said Lowell Street, one hundred twenty-five (125) feet to 

the point of beginning; 
or do anything in relation thereto. 

Motion by Kevin Brennan, 276 Lowell Street, one of owners of this property 
reads the same as the above article. He stated that Doctor Albano was 
interested in purchasing the property and having her practice at this 
location. Some residents were opposed to this petition and suggested no 
rezoning should be done in this area until the study on Rt . 129 has been 
completed. Traffic is heavy in this area now and the quality of life has been 
adversely affected. Jack Tierney, 239 Lowell Street, stated Planning Board is 
meeting tomorrow night and a study will be presented that has been done by MIT 
students relative to Rt . 129. Mrs. Anna Simmons, 6 Strout Avenue, hopes this 
will be disapproved until Rt . 129 study is completed. Michael Roache from 
Planning Board stated there are no plans to rezone Rt . 129 at this time. 
Richard Duggan, stated the Brennan family has lived here for many years and 
the meeting should be concerned about fairness in the area, relative to 
rezoning. He recommends approval. Finance Committee recommends approval. 
Planning Board recommends disapproval. Motion seconded and so voted. This 
article needs a 2/3^^^ vote. Yes 50 No 89. Motion fails. 

Motion to adjourn at 8:30 P.M. Total attendance at meeting was one hundred 
sixty-three (163) voters and sixteen (16) non-voters. 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
GENERAL PURPOSE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 
AND REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1997 



Members of the Board of Selectmen 

and Town Manager 
Town Hall 

Wilmington, Massachusetts 01887 



The Annual General Purpose Financial Statements of the Town of 
Wilmington for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 1997 are hereby submitted. This 
report was prepared by the Office of the Town Accountant. Responsibility for 
accuracy of the data and the completeness and fairness of the presentation, 
including all disclosures, rests with the Town. 

To the best of our knowledge and belief, the enclosed data are accurate 
in all material respects and are reported in a manner designed to present 
fairly the financial position and results of operations of the various funds 
and account groups of the government . 



Respectfully submitted. 



N/ichael Morris 
Town Accountant 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT 
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1997 



Table of Contents 



FINANCIAL SECTION 

Combined Balance Sheet - All Fund Types and Account Groups 

Notes to Financial Statements 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION 

Schedule of Combined Statement of Revenues, Expenditures 
and Changes in Fund Balances - All Governmental Fund 
Types and Expendable Trust Funds 

Schedule of Budgetary Basis Statement of Revenues and 
Expenditures Budget and Actual - General Fund 

Schedule of Combined Balance Sheet - Special Revenue 
Accounts 

Schedule of Combined Statement of Revenues, Expenditures 
and Changes in Fund Balance - Special Revenue Accounts 

Schedule of Expenditures and Encumbrances Compared with 
Authorization by Function and Activity - General Fund 

Schedule of Revenues and Expenditures - Water Department 
Fund 

Schedule of Revenues and Expenditures - Capital Project 
Fund 

Schedule of Debt Retirement 
Schedule of Trust Funds 



TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSEHS 
COMBINED BALANCE SHEET - ALL FUND GROUPS 
ALL FUND TYPES AND ACCOUNT GROUPS 
JUNE 30, 1997 



ASSETS 

CASH 

RECEIVABLES: 
GENERAL PROPERTY TAXES 
LESS PROV FOR ABATES 
& EXEMPTIONS 
TAX LIENS 

TAX FORECLOSURES 

MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE 

DEPARTMENTAL 

BEHERMENTS 

USER CHARGES 
DUE FROM OTHER GOVTS 
AMOUNTS TO BE PROVIDED FOR: 

RETIRE OF LONG TERM DEBT 

TOTAL ASSETS 



SPECIAL CAPITAL 
GENERAL REVENUE PROJECTS 

4,402,460.13 2,641,881.01 229,655.63 

628,567.10 

(599,442 08) 
302.001 65 
120,839 17 
677,720.97 
103,691 50 
250,982 74 

77,747.41 355,778 14 
18,171.26 



TRUST & 
AGENCY 

1,327,329.09 



LONG-TERM 
DEBT 



2.827,1C 



5964.568.59 



3.015,830 41 229.655 63 1,327,329.09 2.827,100.00 



TOTAL 
(MEMORANDUM 
ONLY) 

8,601,325 86 

628,567 10 

(599,442 08) 
302,001 65 
120.839 17 
677,720 97 
103.691 50 
250,982 74 
433,52555 
18,171.26 

2 827,100 00 

13,364,483.72 



LIABILITIES & FUND BALANCE 



LIABILITIES: 

WARRANTS PAYABLE 

DEFERRED REVENUE 
GENERAL PROPERTY TAXES 
OTHER ACCTS RECEIVABLE 

NOTES PAYABLE 

PAYROLL WITHHOLDINGS 



568.249.21 133,617 40 15 905.66 12,294.47 

628567.10 
1,532,983 44 373,949.40 



730,066.74 

628 567 10 
1,906.932 84 
2.827,100.00 2,827.100 00 



TOTAL LIABILITIES 



2,729.799.75 507,566 80 15,905.66 12,294 47 2.827,100 00 6,092,666.68 



FUND BALj^NCE. 
RES. FOR ENCUMBRANCES 
RES. FOR SPEC PURPOSE 
RES FOR DEF. TEACHERS 
UNRESERVED-UNDESIGNATED 



1,049,23309 127,816 14 
(426,109.00) 

2,611,644.75 2,380,447.47 



213,749.97 1,122,459 67 
192,574.95 



1,177,049.23 
1,336,209 64 
■ (426,109 00) 
5,184,667.17 



TOTAL FUND BALANCE 



3,234,768.84 2,508,263.61 213,749 97 1,315,034 62 



0.00 



7,271,817 04 



TOTAL LIABILITIES 
& FUND BALANCE 



5,964 568.59 3,015,830 41 229,655 63 1,327.329 09 2,827. IC 



13,364,483 72 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 
JUNE 30, 1997 



1 . Summary of Significant Accounting Policies 

The accounting policies for financial reporting purposes of the Town of 
Wilmington conform to generally accepted accounting principles for local 
governmental units except as indicated in Note 2 . The following is a summary 
of the significant accounting policies: 

A. Fund Accounting 

The Town reports its financial activities in several funds and one 
account group in order to comply with the limitations and restrictions 
placed on both the resources made available to the Town and the services 
provided. The various funds are grouped in the financial statements in 
this report into five generic fund types as follows: 

Governmental Funds 

General Fund - The general fund is the general operating fund of 
the Town. It is used to account for all financial resources except those 
required to be accounted for in another fund. 

Special Revenue Fund - Special revenue funds are used to account 
for the proceeds of specific revenue resources (other than expendable 
trust or major capital projects) that are legally restricted to 
expenditures for specific purposes. 

Capital Projects Fund - Capital project funds are used to account 
for financial resources to be used for the acquisition or construction of 
major capital facilities (other than those financed by trust funds) . 

FIDUCIARY FUNDS 

Trust and Agency Funds - Trust and agency funds are used to account 
for assets by the Town in a trustee capacity or as an agent for 
individuals, private organizations, other governments and/or other funds. 
These include expendable trust, non- expendable trust and agency funds. 
Non- expendable trust funds are accounted for in a manner that permits the 
periodic measurements of revenues earned, expenses incurred and/or net 
income in order to demonstrate maintenance of capital . Expendable trust 
funds are accounted for in essentially the same manner as governmental 
funds. Agency funds are custodial in nature (assets equal liabilities) 
and do not involve measurement of results of operations. 

ACCOUNT GROUP 

Long-term Debt and Liabilities - Long-term liabilities expected to 
be financed from governmental funds are accumulated in the general long- 
term debt group of accounts. This account group is not a fund. It is 
only concerned with the measurement of financial position and, therefore, 
is not involved with a measurement of the results from any operations. 



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B . Basis of Accounting 



The accompanying financial statements have been prepared 
principally on the modified accrual basis of accounting. This method 
recognizes revenues when they become measurable and available. Expenses 
are recognized under this method as they are incurred. 

Revenue - Property tax revenues are recognized when they become 
available. Available means then due or past due and receivable within 
the current period or expected to be collected soon enough thereafter to 
be used to pay liabilities of the current period. 

All other revenues are recognized throughout the year when cash is 
received. Receipts during the sixty days immediately following the close 
of the fiscal year are also recognized as available revenue. 

In applying the susceptible to accrual concept to intergovernmental 
revenues, the legal and contractual requirements of the numerous 
individual programs are used as guidance. There are, however, 
essentially two types of these revenues. In one, monies must be expended 
on the specific purpose or project before any amounts will be paid to the 
Town. Therefore, revenues are recognized based upon the expenditures 
recorded. In the other, monies are virtually unrestricted as to purpose 
of expenditure and are usually revocable only for failure to comply with 
prescribed compliance requirements. These resources are reflected as 
revenues at the time of receipt or earlier if the susceptible to accrual 
criteria is met . 

Expenses - Expenditures are recorded during the year on a cash 
disbursement basis. In addition, as required by Massachusetts General 
Laws, disbursements made during the fifteen days immediately following 
the close of each fiscal year and which pertain to the prior year are 
recorded as warrants payable and expenses as of June 3 0th. 

Purchase orders outstanding at June 30th related to annual 
operating expenses are recorded as encumbrances and, accordingly, as a 
reservation of fund balances at that date. 

Deferred Revenue - Property taxes and other revenue that are 
measurable but not available have been classified as deferred revenue on 
June 3 0th. 

Encumbrances - Encumbrance accounting under which purchase orders, 
contracts and other commitments for the expenditure of funds are recorded 
in order to reserve that portion of the applicable appropriation, is 
employed in governmental funds. Open encumbrances at year-end are 
reported as reservations of fund balances. Encumbrances do not 
constitute expenditures or liabilities. 

Inventory - Inventory items (materials and supplies) are recorded 
as expenditures when purchased (purchase method) . 



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General Fixed Assets - General fixed assets are recorded as 
expenditures in applicable governmental funds. The Town does not 
capitalize the cost of general fixed assets in a general fixed asset 
account group which is consistent with the practice of many 
municipalities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

C . Total Columns 

Total columns on the combined statements are captioned "Memorandum 
Only" to indicate that they are presented only to facilitate financial 
analysis. Data in these columns do not present financial position, 
results of operations or changes in financial position in conformity with 
generally accepted accounting principles. Such data is not comparable to 
a consolidation since interfund eliminations have not been made. 

D . Retirement System 

The Town contributes to the Middlesex Contributory Retirement 
System, a single employer plan, established under Chapter 32 of the 
General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Substantially all 
full-time and some part-time employees of the Town except teachers and 
certain administrative personnel employed by the School Department, 
participate in the System. Benefits paid under the plan, referred to as 
"retirement allowance," include both an annuity portion, funded 
principally from amounts contributed by the participants, and a pension 
portion funded by the Town. 

The participants contribute a certain percentage of their 
compensation annually, determined by their date of employment. The 
employer contribution by the Town as determined by the County's actuarial 
valuation normal cost plus the amortization of the original unfunded 
actuarial liability. 

Teachers and certain administrative employees of the School 
Department participate in a contributory retirement plan administered by 
the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board. Contributions to this plan 
are made entirely by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and therefore, 
the Town does not contribute to the plan. 

2 . Departures from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles 

For years prior to 1985, the Town presented its financial statements on 
the basis of accounting practices prescribed by the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, Department of Revenue. These practices differed in many 
significant respects from G.A.A.P. 

During 1981, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a revised uniform 
municipal accounting system entitled "U.M.A.S." The departures from 
G.A.A.P. under this revised system have been significantly narrowed. The 
Town has adopted a modified U.M.A.S. for its financial statements. 

The significant departures from G.A.A.P. included in the Town of 
Wilmington's financial statements are: 

A. Retirement benefits are provided for in accordance with Chapter 32 
of the Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (see note ID) . 



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B. General fixed asset acquisitions are recorded as expenditures at 
the time purchases are made rather than being capitalized in a general 
fixed asset group of accounts. 

C. Purchases for materials and supplies inventories are recorded as 
expenditures rather than assets at time of purchase. 



Long-term Debt 

State law permits the Town to authorize indebtedness up to a limit of 5% 
of its equalized valuation. Debt issued in accordance with this State 
Law is designated as being "inside the debt limit." In addition, 
however, a Town may authorize debt in excess of that limit for specific 
purposes. Such debt when issued, is designated as being "outside the 
debt limit." The following summarized the Annual debt service 
requirements as of June 30, 1997. 

General Obligation Bonds 

Year ending June 30, Principal Interest Total 

1998 895,700 164,491 1,060,191 

1999 665,700 91,984 757,684 

2000 590,700 55,545 646,245 

2001 450,000 24,244 474,244 

2002 225 . 000 5 , 512 230 , 512 

2,827,100 341,776 3,168,876 

As of June 30, 1997, the Town had authorized and unissued debt of 
$33,585,000 as outlined below. 

Comprehensive Middle School $25,600,000 
Public Safety Building $ 6,000,000 

Route 38 Corridor Sewer Project $ 985,000 

Raw Water Main Construction $ 1,000,000 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
COMBINED STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES 
IN FUND BALANCES - ALL GOVERNMENTAL FUND TYPES 
AND EXPENDABLE TRUST FUNDS 





FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1997 














Fiduciary 












Fund Types 


Total 




General 


Special 


Capital 


Expendable 


(Memorandum 




(Net) 


Revenue 


Projects 


Trust 


Only) 


DC\/nKII ICC- 
KtVClNUto 










General Property Taxes 


26,888,361 10 








26.888,361 10 


Tax Liens 


333,592 54 


104 4?? 01 






438.014 55 


Special Assessments 


68,796 12 


1,949 47 






70,745,59 


Excise 


1,869,440.73 








1.869,440,73 


Ppnaltip^ 


155,692.73 








155,692 73 


I icenses and Permit"; 


303,179.50 






/U 


3/j 823 20 


Intergovernmental 


4,816,946 75 


1,891,494.54 




Q1 1 Qfi 

y 1 1 yo 


0,/uy.oDj zo 


Champ*? fnr Sprvirp*; 


1,841.501 05 


4.676 228 44 






D.OOD.y/ J UU 


Fines 


112,645.50 








1 l/!,b4D bO 


Fees 


57,917.70 








,// ,y 1 / i\j 


lntprp*^t Farninn*? 

1 1 1 iwi I— til 1 III IM'' 


250,079.02 


14,421.00 




*4/ ,UHy,OU 




Ottier 


879,008.59 


208,656,09 


0.00 


1 220 943 73 


7 "^08 fins 41 


Total Revenues 


37,577,161 33 


6,897,171 55 


00 


1,658,792.20 


46,133,125 08 


EXPENDITURES. 












General Government 


1,086.018.65 


20.576.88 




923,109 33 


2,029 704 86 


ruDlic batety 


4,181,633.14 


359,997 67 




316,582.13 


4.858,212.94 


Human Services 


511,306.02 


26,943 62 




10,298,25 


548 547 89 


Public Works 


3,600,152 34 


1,691,61 1 49 


52 243 92 


625,40 


5,344,633 15 


Community Development 


445,493.70 


228.335.46 






673,829 16 


Building Maintenance 


2.017,554 41 






51,032 22 


2,068,586,63 


Fduratinn 


16,862,885 86 


1,449,939.91 




200 788 37 


18 Sn fi1d 14 


Recreation 


93,41585 


433,407.42 






526,823 27 


Veterans' Services 


19,665.00 








i<5 6fis on 


npht anH lntprp«;t 

L/CUl Ol iU II lid col 


1,779,156.67 








1 77Q fi7 


\J \ i^lQoOIIICU 


3,282,706 56 


15.055.78 


45,208.51 






Statiitnrv Charnp*% 

WIU lU J V_/ 1 lUI 


2,858,369 15 








2 8^8 369 15 


Canital Ol itiav 


418,993.80 


234,652.62 








Wan'ant Articles 


47,24538 


0.00 


000 


000 


47,245 38 


Total Expenditures 


37 204,596 53 


4,460,520.85 


97,452 43 


1,502,435 70 


43 265,005 51 


Excess (deficiency) of 












Revenues over Expenditures 


372,564.80 


2,436,650.70 


(97,452 43) 


156 356 50 


2,868 119.57 


OTHER FINANCIAL SOURCES (USES): 












Proceeds of General 












Obligation Bonds 










00 


Operating Transfers In 


1,413,028.98 








1,413 028 98 


Operating Transfers Out 




(1,269.668 00) 




(143,360 98) 


(1 413.028 98) 


State and County Charges 




00 






000 



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Court Judgments 
Total Other Financing 
Sources (Uses) 

Excess/Deficiency of Revenues 
and Other Financing Sources 
over Expenditures and Other 
Uses 

Fund Balance July 1, 1996 

Decrease in Provision for 
Abatements and Exemptions 

Fund Balance June 30, 1997 



1,413,028 98 (1,269,668.00) 00 (143,360 98) 00 



1,785,593 78 1,166,982 70 (97,452 43) 12,995 52 2,868,119 57 

1,446,268.39 1,341,280.91 311,202 40 1,302,039.10 4,400,790 80 

2,906 67 2,906 67 

3,234,768.84 2,508,26361 213,749 97 1,315,034.62 7,271,817 04 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
SCHEDULE OF BUDGETARY BASIS STATEMENT OF 
REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES BUDGET AND ACTUAL - GENERAL FUND 
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1997 





GENERAL 


GENERAL 


GENERAL 




BUDGET 


ACTUAL 


VARIANCE 


REVENUES: 








General Property Taxes 


27,371,809 


27,198,769 


(173,040) 


Special Assessments 


9,000 


14,992 


5,992 


Excise 


1,600,000 


1,869,441 


269,441 


Penalties 


220,000 


155,693 


(64,307) 


Licenses and Permits 


316,000 


303,180 


(12 821) 


Intergovemmental 


4,849,155 


4,816,947 


(32,208) 


Charges for Services 


1,638,758 


1,922,635 


283,877 


Fines 


190,000 


112,646 


(77,355) 


Fees 


55,000 


57,918 


2,918 


Interest Eamings 


135,000 


250,079 


115,079 


Other 


606,000 


925,197 


319,197 


Total Revenues 


36,990,722 


37,627,496 


636,774 


OTHER FINANCING SOURCES: 








Operating Transfers 


1,284,668 


1,413,029 


128,361 


Total Other Financing Sources 


1284,668 


1,413,029 


128,361 


Total Revenue and Other 








Financing Sources 


38,275,390 


39,040,525 


765,135 


EXPENDITURES: 








General Govemment 


1,117,774 


1,103,158 


14,616 


Public Safety 


4,205,576 


4,194,932 


10,644 


Human Services 


518,487 


511,027 


7,460 


Public Works 


3,726,676 


3,660,378 


66,298 


Community Development 


455,316 


445,714 


9,602 


Building Maintenance 


2,022,712 


2,017,523 


5,189 


Education 


17,149,456 


17,149,466 





Recreation 


94,270 


93,416 


854 


Veterans Services 


20,325 


19,665 


660 


Debt and Interest 


1,789,365 


1,779,157 


10,208 


Unclassified 


3,442,620 


3,202,372 


240,248 


Statuton/ Charges 


3,558,127 


3,548,133 


9,994 


Caplial Outlay 


521,515 


517,031 


4,484 


Warrant Articles 


17,350 


16,204 


1,146 


Total Expenditures 


38,639,579 


38,258,176 


381,404 


Excess (deficiency) of 








Revenues over Expenditures 


(364,189) 


782,349 





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TOWN OF WILMINGTON. MASSACHUSETTS 
COMBINED BALANCE SHEET - SPECIAL REVENUE ACCOUNTS 
ALL FUND TYPES AND ACCOUNT GROUPS 
JUNE 30, 1997 



ASSETS 

CASH 

RECEIVABLES 

GENERAL PROPERTY TAXES 
LESS PROV FOR ABATES 
& EXEMPTIONS 
TAX LIENS 

TAX FORECLOSURES 

MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE 

DEPARTMENTAL 

BETTERMENTS 

USER CHARGES 
DUE FROM OTHER GOVTS 
AMOUNTS TO BE PROVIDED FOR 

RETIRE OF LONG TERM DEBT 



TOTAL 

RESERVED FOR REVOLVING (MEMORANDUM 

GRANTS GIFTS APPROPRIATION FUNDS WATER ONLY) 

261,166 77 47,57694 641,315 69 407.292 32 1,284,52929 2,64188101 



18.171 26 



355,778 14 



355,778 14 
18,171 26 



TOTAL ASSETS 
LIABILITIES & FUND BALANCE 



279,338 03 47,576 94 



641,315 69 407.292 32 1,640 307 43 



3 015 830 41 



LIABILITIES 

WARRANTS PAYABLE 

DEFERRED REVENUE 
GENERAL PROPERTY TAXES 
OTHER ACCTS RECEIVABLE 

NOTES PAYABLE 

PAYROLL WITHHOLDINGS 

TOTAL LIABILITIES 



56.168 22 



18,171 26 



74,339 48 00 



28.983 24 48,465 94 133,617 40 



355 778 1 4 373,949 40 



00 28,983.24 404,244 08 507.566 80 



FUND BALANCE 
RES FOR ENCUMBRANCES 
RES FOR SPEC PURPOSE 
RES FORDEF TEACHERS 
UNRESERVED-UNDESIGNATED 

TOTAL FUND BALANCE 



127.81614 127.816 14 

204,998 55 47,576 94 641,315 69 378,309 08 1,108,247 21 2.380 447 47 

204,998 55 47,576 94 641,315 69 378,309 08 1,236,063 35 2 508,263 61 



TOTAL LIABILITIES 
& FUND BALANCE 



279.338 03 47,576 94 641 315 69 407.292 32 1.640,307 43 3.015.830 41 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSEHS 
COMBINED STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES 
IN FUND BALANCES - ALL GOVERNMENTAL FUND TYPES 
AND EXPENDABLE TRUST FUNDS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1997 





Grants 


Gifts 


Reserved for 


Revolving 


Water 


Total 








Appropriation 


Funds 






REVENUES: 














General Property Taxes 












0.00 


Tax Liens 










104,422 01 


104,422 01 


Special Assessments 










1,949,47 


1,949 47 


Excise 












0.00 


Penalties 












0.00 


Licenses and Permits 












00 


Intergovernmental 


1,/ /b,/9b7j 






114.698.31 




1 891,494.54 


Charges for Services 








1,622,384 89 


3,053,843 55 


4,676,228 44 


Fines 












0.00 


Fees 












0.00 


Interest Earnings 


o nric AO 


U.bJ 


^ ^ CA A Oft 

i1,b14.29 






14,421 00 


nth or 

uiner 




nn 

HJ.oOQ \)\J 


107 77ii ni 

lU / , j/ j.U 1 






nno ccc nn 
ZUo bbb U9 


Total Revenues 


1,794,232.71 


45,386.63 


118,889 30 


1,763,139.73 


3,175,523.18 


6,897,171 55 


EXPENDITURES 














General Government 


20,576 88 










20,576 88 


Public Safety 


351,753.05 


254.79 




7,989 83 




359,997 67 


Human Services 


22,554.38 


2,518.00 




1.871 24 




26,943.62 


Public Works 




is.ODD UU 


TCn nn 


77 10 

/ r18 


1 Ton A~J ^ 70 

1.389, 4/1. /8 


1,691,61 1 49 


Community Development 












228,335 46 


Building Maintenance 












0,00 


Education 


303,935.51 






1,146,004 40 




1,449,939 91 


Recreation 








433,407.42 




433,407 42 


Veterans' Services 












0.00 


Debt and Interest 












000 


Unclassified 


15,055.78 










15,055 78 


Statutory Charges 












0.00 


Capital Outlay 










234652 62 


234.652 62 


Warrant Articles 


0.00 


0,00 


0.00 


0.00 


00 


000 


Total Expenditures 


1,235,268.59 


11,427 79 


350 00 


1,589,350,07 


1,624,124 40 


4,460,520 85 


Excess (deficiency) of 














Revenues over Expenditures 


558,964 12 


33,958,84 


118,539 30 


173,789 66 


1.551,398 78 


2,436,650 70 



OTHER FINANCIAL SOURCES (USES): 
Proceeds of General 
Obligation Bonds 
Operating Transfers In 
Operating Transfers Out 
State and County Charges 



(35,000 00) 



(1,234,668.00) 



000 

00 

(1,269.668 00) 
00 



Court Judgments 



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Total Other Financing 

Sources (Uses) 0.00 0.00 (35,000 00) 00 (1,234,668 00) (1,269,668 00) 



Excess/Deficiency of Revenues 
and Other Financing Sources 
over Expenditures and Other 

Uses 558,964.12 33,958 84 83 539.30 173,789 66 316,730.78 1.166,982 70 



FundBalanceJuly 1, 1996 (353,965.57) 13,618 10 557,776.39 204,519 42 919,332.57 1,341,280 91 

Decrease in Provision for 
Abatements and Exemptions 

Fund Balance June 30, 1997 204,998.55 47,576.94 641 315.69 378,309 08 1,236,063.35 2,508,263.61 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
SCHEDULE OF GENERAL FUND 
APPROPRIATIONS AND EXPENDITURES 
FISCAL YEAR 1997 







AMT CFWD TO 




TRANSFER & 




AMT CFWD TO 








FY 97 FROM 


APPROPRIATION APPROPRIATION EXPENDITURES 


FY 98 FROM 


CLOSING 






FISCAL 1996 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


BALANCE 


GENERAL GOVERNMENT 














Selectmen 


Salaries 


000 


1,92000 


1,92000 


1,920 00 


0.00 


000 


Selectmen 


Expenses 


377 96 


1 1 ,401) UU 


n,4ou uo 


4 4 4 AO 4 A 

11,198.10 


000 


629 86 






377 96 


13,37000 


13,37000 


13,11810 


000 


629 86 


Elections 


Salanes 


000 


18,721 00 


18,721 00 


17,708 00 


GO 


1 013 no 


Elections 


Constable 


000 


llXJUO 


100 00 


10000 


000 


000 


Elections 


Expenses 


000 


4,20900 


4,20900 


4,187 96 


000 


21 04 






000 


23,030 00 


23,030 00 


21,995 96 


000 


1,034 04 


Registrars 


Salaries 


0.00 


1,65000 


1,650.00 


1,650.00 


000 


000 


Registrars 


Expenses 


80.55 


4,550.00 


4,550.00 


4,630.55 


000 


000 






80.55 


6,200.00 


6,200 00 


6,28055 


0.00 


0.00 


Finance Comm 


Salaries 


000 


1 ,200 00 


1,200 00 


411 30 


000 


788 70 


Finance Comm. 


Expenses 


000 


6!350 00 


6^350 00 


6,080.38 


000 


269 62 






n nn 

U lU 


7,550.00 


7,550.00 


6,49168 


u uu 


^ rv^Q TO 


Town Manager 


Salary-Town Manager 


000 


81,161.00 


81,161 00 


81,161.00 


000 


0,00 


Town Manager 


Salanes-Other 


000 


220,314.00 


220,314 00 


220 314 00 


0.00 


0.00 


Town Manager 


Expenses 


000 


47,41500 


47,41500 


46,737 27 


97 60 


580 13 


Town Manager 


Furnish. & Equip 


7,822.25 


600 00 


600 00 


8^41224 


000 


1001 






7 AT? 0'^ 


349,49000 


349,490.00 


356,624 51 


Q7 Rf) 




Town Accountant 


Sal-Town Accountant 


000 


59 73500 


59 735 00 


59 735 00 


000 


000 


Town Accountant 


Salanes-Other 


000 


102,829 00 


102,829 00 


95,71732 


000 


7,111 68 


Town Accountant 


Expenses 


000 


2,01000 


2,010 00 


l!968 86 


000 


41 14 








164,574.00 


164,57400 


157,421 18 


U.UU 


7 no 


Treas/Collector 


Sal-Treas/Collector 


000 


59,303.00 


59 303.00 


59 302 88 


0.00 


012 


Treas/Collector 


Salanes-Other 


000 


97,089 00 


97,08900 


97,089.00 


000 


000 


Treas/Collector 


Expenses 


000 


30,10000 


3o!lOO.OO 


26!567 85 


0.00 


3,532 15 






U.UU 


186,492.00 


186,492 00 


182,959 73 


U.UU 


COT 97 


Town Clerk 


Salary-Town Clerk 


000 


49,551 00 


49,551 00 


49,551 00 


0.00 


000 


Town Clerk 


Salanes-Other 


000 


43,875 00 


43^875 00 


43 875 00 


000 


000 


Town Clerk 


Expenses 


41928 


2,180.00 


O A OA AA 

2,180 00 


O CAO CO 

2,593 58 


000 


570 






419.28 


95,606 00 


95,606,00 


96,019 58 


0.00 


5 70 


Assessors 


Sal-Prin. Assessor 


0.00 


62,648 00 


62,648 00 


62,648.00 


000 


000 


Assessors 


Salanes-Other 


000 


62,989.00 


62,989 00 


62,475 99 


000 


51301 


Assessors 


Expenses 


13,825 20 


76,500 00 


76.500 00 


50,758 37 


39,566.83 


(0 00) 


Assessors 


Furnish & Equip 


000 


52500 


52500 


52500 


0.00 


000 






13,825 20 


202,662 00 


202,662 00 


176,407 36 


39,566 83 


513 01 


Town Counsel 


Contractual Services 


000 


67,500 00 


67,500 00 


67,500 00 


000 


000 






000 


67,500 00 


67,500 00 


67,500 00 


000 


000 


Permanent BIdg Comm 


Salanes 


000 


1,200 00 


1,200 00 


1,200.00 


000 


000 


Permanent BIdg Comm 


Expenses 


000 


100 00 


100 00 


000 


0.00 


100 00 






000 


1.300 00 


1,300 00 


1,200 00 


000 


100 00 


General Government Subtotal 


22,525 24 


1,117,77400 


1,117,77400 


1,086,018 65 


39,664 43 


14,61616 



PROTECTION OF PERSONS & PROPERTY 

Police Salary-Chief 

Police Sal -Dep Chief 

Police Sal -Lieut 

Police Sal -Sgts 

Police Sal -Patrolmen 

Police Sal Clerical 



000 


77,2X00 


77,230 00 


77,22989 


000 


61,308 00 


61,308 00 


61,30800 


000 


109,332 00 


109,332 00 


109.332 00 


000 


278,936 00 


278,936 00 


278,359 68 


000 


1,145,088 00 


1.145,088 00 


1,145,088 00 


000 


57,614 00 


57,614 00 


57,614 00 



000 
000 
000 
000 
000 
000 



011 
000 
000 
576 32 
000 
000 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
SCHEDULE OF GENERAL FUND 
APPROPRIATIONS AND EXPENDITURES 
FISCAL YEAR 1997 







AMT CFWD TO 




TRANSFER & 




AMT CFWD TO 








FY 97 FROM 


APPROPRIATION APPROPRIATION EXPENDITURES 


FY 98 FROM 


CLOSING 






FISCAL 1996 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


BALANCE 


Police 


Sal -Dispatchers 


000 


17,754 00 


17,754 00 


16,337 25 


000 


1,41675 


Police 


Sal -Fill In Costs 


0.00 


234,024 00 


261,166 39 


261,166 39 


000 


000 


Police 


Sal -Pd Holidays 


0.00 


71,758 00 


71,75800 


71,486 25 


000 


271 75 


Police 


Sal -Specialist 


0.00 


10,700.00 


10,700 00 


9,425 00 


000 


1,275.00 


Police 


Sal -Incentive 


0.00 


37,800 00 


37,800 00 


37,500 00 


000 


300 00 


Police 


Sal -Night Ditf 


0.00 


32,760 00 


32,760 00 


31,158 00 


0.00 


1,60200 


Police 


Expenses 


0.00 


143,227 00 


143,227 00 


142,897.10 


245 28 


84 62 


Police 


Sick Leave Buyback 


0.00 


11,51400 


11,51400 


11,51400 


000 


000 


Police 


Furnish & Equip. 


000 


1,100 00 


1,100 00 


1,100 00 


000 


000 






000 


2,290,14500 


2,317,287 39 


2,311,51556 


245 28 


5,526 55 


Fire Dept. 


Sal.-Chief 


0.00 


68,143 00 


68,143 00 


68,143.00 


0.00 


000 


Fire Dept 


Sal -Dep Chief 


0.00 


56,769 00 


56,769 00 


56,769 00 


000 


000 


Fire Dept. 


Sal-Lieut 


0.00 


233^180 00 


233^180 00 


233 180 00 


000 


000 


Pirp npnt 

1 lie lyeui. 


Sal. -Privates 


000 


1,015,95900 


1,015,95900 


1,015,959 00 


000 


000 


Fire Dept 


Sal -Clerk/Disptch 


0.00 


58,597 00 


58,597 00 


58,597 00 


000 


000 


Fire Dept 


Sal -Overtime Costs 


0.00 


162,500 00 


162,500 00 


161,792 32 


000 


707 68 


Fire Dept 


Sal -Pd Holidays 


0.00 


/^,Dl4 OU 


rz,0i4 uu 


r2,614 00 


000 


000 


Fire Dept 


Sal -incentive/EMT 


0.00 


73,450 00 


73,450 00 


73,450 00 


000 


000 


Fire Dept 


Sal -0 T Fire Alarm 


0.00 


11 280 00 


11 280 00 


11,277 55 


000 


2 45 


Fire Dept 


Expenses 


0.00 


62,550 00 


63.871 00 


6271625 


1,154 75 


000 


Fire Dept 


Sick Leave Buyback 


0.00 


20,494 00 


20,494 00 


20,494 00 


n no 


n no 


Fire Dept. 


Furnish & Equip 


0.00 


22,000 00 


22,000 00 


10,10190 


11,898 10 


000 






1,857,53600 


1,858,857 00 


1,845,094 02 




7in i'^ 

1 lU 10 


Animal Control 


Salaries 


0.00 


22,832.00 


22,832 00 


22,832 00 


000 


000 


Animal Control 


Cont Services 


0.00 


C A/\A Art 

6,000 00 


C rtrtrt Art 

6,000 00 


1,866 56 


000 


4,133 44 


Animal Control 


Expenses 


000 


600 00 


600 00 


325 00 


000 


275 00 






000 


29.43200 


29.432.00 


25.023 56 


000 


4,408 44 


Prot Persons & Prop Subtotal 


no 


4 1 77 1 1 no 








IU,D*W \c. 


PUBLIC WORKS: 
















Engineering Div 


Salanes 


0.00 


118,231 00 


118,231 00 


118,231 00 


000 


000 


Engineering Div 


Salaries-Part Time 


0.00 


37,842.00 


37,842 00 


37,842 00 


0.00 


000 


Engineenng Div 


Expenses 


0.00 


2,500.00 


2,50000 


1,157.05 


661 24 


681 71 






0.00 


158,573 00 


158,573 00 


157,230 05 


661 24 


681 71 


Highway Division 


Sal-D PW Supt 


0.00 


77,230 00 


77,230 00 


77,23000 


000 


000 


Higtiway Division 


Salaries-Other 


0.00 


880,367 00 


880,367 00 


867,069 27 


000 


13,297 73 


Highway Division 


Stream Maintenance 


000 


iQ rwi nn 
io,mJu uu 


ifl rwi nn 
io,uuu uu 


ID.OUO Z( 


000 


1.491 73 


Highway Division 


Expenses 


12,926.03 


1S5Q40 00 


155 940 00 


146 Oflfi 34 


22,779 69 


(0 00) 


Highway Division 


Rd Mach. Exp 


u.uu 


65,000 00 


65,000 00 


47,486 38 


A All iC\ 


11 AQ1 A7 
lO.UOl Al 


Highway Division 


Fuel & Other 


ono 


98,950 00 


98,950 00 


98,950 00 


00 


000 


Highway Division 


Drainage Projects 


000 


20,000.00 


20,000 00 


1,867 82 


18,13218 


000 


Highway Division 


Public St Lights 


19,989 79 


206,944 00 


186,944 00 


189,683 56 


17,250 23 


000 


Highway Division 


Chapter 90M 


26,980 84 


U UU 


U UU 


U UU 


26,980 84 


000 


Highway Division 


Chapter 81 M 


24,268 36 


70,00000 


70,000 00 


43,257 83 


51,01053 


000 


Highway Division 


Furnish & Equip 


U (A) 


30,500 00 


30,500 00 


25,392 00 


U UU 


C 4AQ AA 

3,iUo uu 




84,16502 


1,622,931 00 


1,602,931 00 


1,513,531.47 


140,585 62 


32,978 93 


Snow & Ice Control 


Salaries 


0.00 


127,41100 


77,411.00 


75,204 03 


000 


2,206 97 


Snow & Ice Control 


Expenses 


000 


189,336 00 


148,255 00 


136,615 90 


000 


11,639 10 






000 


316,747 00 


225,666 00 


211.819 93 


000 


13,84607 


Highway Division 


Rubbish Collection 


000 


1,336,605 00 


1,336,605 00 


1,336,605 00 


000 


000 






000 


1,336,605 00 


1,336,605 00 


1,336,605 00 


000 


000 


Tree Division 


Salaries 


000 


88,486 00 


88,486 00 


85,437 21 


000 


3,048.79 


Tree Division 


Expenses 


000 


9,39500 


9,395 00 


4,129 62 


53 65 


5,211 73 






0.00 


97,881 00 


97,881 00 


89,566 83 


53 65 


8,260 52 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
SCHEDULE OF GENERAL FUND 
APPROPRIATIONS AND EXPENDITURES 
FISCAL YEAR 1997 

AMT CFWD TO TRANSFER & AMT CFWD TO 

FY 97 FROM APPROPRIATION APPROPRIATION EXPENDITURES FY 98 FROM CLOSING 
FISCAL 1996 FISCAL 1997 FISCAL 1997 FISCAL 1997 FISCAL 1997 BALANCE 



Parks & Grounds Div 


Salanes 


000 


145 846 00 


1 45 846 00 

1 ,\J^\J \J\J 


143 01439 


000 


2,831 61 


Parks & Grounds Div 


Expenses 


0.00 


30,40000 


30,400 00 


20,95972 


8,544 69 


895 59 






000 


176,246 00 


176,246 00 


163,974 11 


8,544 69 


3,727 20 


Cemetery Division 


Salaries 


000 


114,024 00 


114,024 00 


113,842 67 


000 


181 33 


Cemetery Division 


Expenses 


12,464 97 


14,75000 


14,750 00 


13,582 28 


7,010 75 


6,621 94 






12,464 97 


128,774 00 


128,774 00 


127,424 95 


7,01075 


6,803 27 


Public Works Subtotal 




96,629 99 


3,837,757 00 


3,726,67600 


3,600,152 34 


156,855 95 


66,297 70 


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: 














Board of Health 


Salary-Director 


000 


52,323 00 


52,32300 


52,323.00 


0.00 


000 


Board of Health 


Salaries-Other 


0.00 


109,473 00 


109,473 00 


107,250.70 


0.00 


2,222.30 


Board of Health 


Expenses 


000 


6,75000 


6,750 00 


6,750 00 


0.00 


000 


Board of Health 


Mental Health 


1,215.08 


16,00000 


16,000 00 


17,215.04 


0.00 


004 


Board of Health 


Furnish & Equip 


000 


135 00 


135 00 


106 04 


0.00 


28 96 






1,21508 


184,681 00 


184,681 00 


183,644.78 


000 


2,251 30 


Sealer/Wght & Meas 


Salaries 


000 


3,96000 


3,960 00 


3,960.00 


000 


000 


Sealer/Wght & Meas 


Expenses 


000 


80 00 


80 00 


0.00 


0.00 


80 00 






000 


4,04000 


4,040 00 


3,960 00 


0.00 


80 00 


Planning/Conservation 


Salary-Director 


000 


54,91100 


54,911.00 


54,91100 


000 


000 


Planning/Conservation 


Salaries-Other 


000 


89,836 00 


89,836 00 


89,18120 


000 


65480 


Planning/Conservation 


Expenses 


41500 


11,025 00 


11,025 00 


5,50894 


850 00 


5,08106 






41500 


155,77200 


155,772.00 


149,601.14 


850.00 


5,73586 


BIdg Inspector 


Sal-Bldg Inspector 


000 


42,19300 


42,193 00 


42,193 00 


0.00 


000 


BIdg Inspector 


Salaries-Other 


000 


62,842 00 


62,84200 


62,282 00 


000 


560 00 


BIdg. Inspector 


Expenses 


000 


5,788 00 


5,788 00 


3,81278 


1,00000 


975 22 






0.00 


110,823 00 


110,823 00 


108,287 78 


1,000 00 


1,535 22 


Community Development Subtotal 


1,630 08 


455,316 00 


455,316 00 


445,493.70 


1,850 00 


9,602 38 



PUBLIC BUILDINGS 
















Public Buildings 


Sal-Superintendent 


000 


70,110 00 


70,110.00 


70,11000 


0.00 


000 


Public Buildings 


Salaries-Other 


0.00 


1,359,881.00 


1,344,881 00 


1,342,249.18 


0.00 


2,631 82 


Public Buildings 


Fuel Heating 


1,287.44 


204,124 00 


204,12400 


200,849.67 


4,561.77 


(0 00) 


Public Buildings 


Electric-Town BIdgs. 


000 


88,76400 


88,764 00 


88,764.00 


0.00 


000 


Public Buildings 


Utilities-Town BIdgs. 


000 


62,196.00 


62,19600 


60,72507 


000 


1,470 93 


Public Buildings 


Expenses-Town BIdgs 


0.00 


62,310.00 


64,836 77 


64,704.38 


114.50 


1789 


Public Buildings 


Expenses-School BIdgs 


0.00 


120,600 00 


120,600 00 


120,60000 


000 


000 


Public Buildings 


Furn & Equip 


0.00 


000 


000 


000 


000 


000 


Public Buildings 


Asbestos Repair 


000 


3,00000 


3,000 00 


2,588 89 


000 


411 11 


Public Buildings 


Roof Repairs 


33200 


14,20000 


14,200 00 


13,87488 


000 


657 12 


Public Buildings 


HVAC Repairs 


3,088 34 


40,000 00 


50,000.00 


53,088.34 


0.00 


00 




4,707 78 


2,025,185 00 


2,022,711 77 


2,017,554 41 


4,676.27 


5,188 87 


Public Buildings Subtotal 


4,707 78 


2,025,18500 


2,022,711.77 


2,017,554 41 


4,676.27 


5.188 87 



HUMAN SERVICES. 



Veterans 


Salary 


0.00 


5,700 00 


5,700 00 


5,70000 


Veterans 


Expenses 


000 


1,62500 


1,625 00 


1,62500 


Veterans 


Assistance 


000 


13,000 00 


13,000 00 


12,340 00 






000 


20,325 00 


20,325 00 


19.66500 


Library 


Salary-Director 


0.00 


40,990 00 


40,990 00 


40,990 00 


Library 


Salaries -Other 


000 


271,953 00 


271,953 00 


268.645 70 


Library 


Expenses 


000 


80,614 00 


80,614 00 


80,561 23 



000 
000 
000 
000 

000 
000 
000 



000 
000 
660 00 
660 00 

000 
3,307 30 
52 77 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
SCHEDULE OF GENERAL FUND 
APPROPRIATIONS AND EXPENDITURES 
FISCAL YEAR 1997 







AMT CFWD TO 




TRANSFER & 




AMT CFWD TO 








rY y/ rKUM 


APPROPRIATION APPROPRIATION EXPENDITURES 


r Y yo rKUM 


ULUblNb 






FISCAL 1996 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


BALANCE 


Library 


Furn & Equip 


000 


1,234 00 


1,234 00 


1,233 94 


000 


006 






000 


394,791 00 


394,791 00 


391.430 87 


000 


3.360 13 


Recreation 


Salary-Director 


000 


55,655 00 


55,655 00 


55,65500 


000 


000 


Recreation 


Salanes-Other 


000 


35,91500 


35,91500 


35,06907 


000 


84593 


Recreation 


Expenses 


000 


2,700 00 


2,700 00 


2,691 78 


000 


822 






n on 


94,270 00 


94,27000 


93,41585 






Elderly Services 


Salary-Director 


000 




44,000 UU 


A A OKI riA 


000 


000 


Elderly Services 


Salaries-Other 


0.00 


4? "iflS 00 


42 585 00 


,yJ\J>J .\J\J 


0.00 


000 


Elderly Services 


Expenses 


U UU 


34,208 00 


34,208 00 


31,102 69 


U UO 


O 4 AC O A 

0,100 Jl 






A Art 

000 


121,14600 


121.146 00 


118,040 69 


000 


3.105 31 


Historical Comm 


Salanes 


000 


90000 


90000 


844.00 


000 


56 00 


Historical Comm 


Expenses 


126 84 


90000 


90000 


563 46 


463 38 


(0 00) 






126 84 


1,800 00 


1,800 00 


1,407 46 


463 38 


56 00 


Handicapped Comm 


Salaries 


000 


500 00 


500 00 


11200 


000 


388 00 


Handicapped Comm 


Expenses 


61500 


25000 


250 00 


31500 


000 


550 00 






615 00 


750 00 


750 00 


427 00 


000 


938 00 


Human Services Subtotal 


741.84 


633,082.00 


633.082.00 


624,386,87 


463 38 


8,973 59 



EDUCATION: 



School Dept 


Appropriation 


000 


12,222,507.00 


12.222,507 00 


12,290,239 32 


000 


(67.732 32) 


School Dept 


Expenses 


307,548 55 


3,256,644 00 


3,256,644 00 


2,902,331 54 


594,128 69 


67,732 32 






307,548 55 


15,479,151 00 


15,479.151.00 


15,192,570 86 


594,128 69 


(0 00) 


Regional Vocational 


Shawsheen Vocational 


000 


1,670.315.00 


1.670,315 00 


1,670,315 00 


000 


000 






000 


1,670,31500 


1,670,31500 


1,670,31500 


0.00 


000 


Education Subtotal 




307,548 55 


17,149,466 00 


17,149,466 00 


16,862,885 86 


594,128 69 


(0 00) 



DEBT SERVICE 



Debt & Interest Schools 


000 


199,794 00 


199.794 00 


199,793 75 


000 


025 


Debt & Interest Gen. Government 


000 


369,772 00 


369.772.00 


369,489 67 


000 


282 33 


Debt & Interest Sewer 


000 


303,837 00 


303.837 00 


303.836 25 


000 


075 


Debt & Interest Water 


000 


905,962 00 


906.962 00 


905,962.00 


000 


000 


Debt & Interest Auth. Fees & Misc. 


000 


20,000 00 


10,00000 


7500 


000 


9,925 00 




000 


1,799.365 00 


1.789,365 00 


1,779,156 67 


000 


10,208 33 


Debt & Interest Subtotal 


0.00 


1.799,365 00 


1,789.365.00 


1,779,156 67 


0.00 


10,208 33 


UNCLASSIFIED 














Veterans' Retirement 


000 


20,196 00 


20.196 00 


19,51272 


000 


683 28 


Employ Retire Unused Sick Leave 


000 


35,820 00 


35,820 00 


25,891 25 


6,820 01 


3,108 74 


Medicare Employers' Contribution 


000 


132,000 00 


132,000 00 


132,00000 


000 


000 


Salary Adj & Add Costs 


0.00 


65,000 00 


49,857 61 


44,78301 


000 


5,074 60 


Local TransH" raining Conf 


000 


6,30000 


6,300 00 


3,102 64 


0.00 


3.197 36 


Out of State Travel 


000 


1,00000 


1,000 00 


1,000 00 


000 


000 


Computer Hardware & Software 














Maint & Expenses 


6,820 27 


60,848 00 


60,848 00 


66,153 02 


1,515 25 


000 


Microfilm Projects 


1,000 00 


1,00000 


1,00000 


000 


2,000 00 


000 


Annual Audit 


000 


13,90000 


13,900 00 


13,900 00 


000 


000 


Ambulance Billing 


000 


12,00000 


12,000 00 


9.512.50 


000 


2,487 50 


Town Report 


0.00 


6.25000 


6,250 00 


4,867 50 


000 


1,382 50 


Sewer Maintenance 


6,204.90 


67.21700 


67,217 00 


27,31265 


000 


46,109 25 


Professional & Tech Services 


690 00 


20.000 00 


20,000 00 


20,176.56 


425 00 


88 44 


School Medicaid Billing 


000 


30,000 00 


30,000 00 


0.00 


000 


30.000 00 


Deferred Teachers Salaries 


000 


106,527 00 


106.527 00 


0.00 


000 


106,527 00 


Reserve Fund 


000 


100,000 00 


000 


0.00 


000 


000 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
SCHEDULE OF GENERAL FUND 
APPROPRIATIONS AND EXPENDITURES 
FISCAL YEAR 1997 





AMT CFWD TO 




TRANSFER & 




AMT CFWD TO 






FY 97 FROM 


APPROPRIATION APPROPRIATION EXPENDITURES 


FY 98 FROM 


CLOSING 




FISCAL 1996 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


FISCAL 1997 


BALANCE 


Insurance & Bonds 


74,48 1 00 


475,500 00 


275,500 00 


300,890 82 


7,500 00 


41,590 18 


Employee Health & Life insurance 


120,438 72 


2,022,000 00 


2,604.204 61 


2 613 603 89 


111,039 44 


(0 00) 


Unclassified Subtotal 


209,634 89 


3,175,558 00 


3,442,620 22 


3,282.706 56 


129,299 70 


240.248 85 


STATUTORY CHARGES 














Amt Cert Coll Tax Title 


000 


26,000 00 


26,000 00 


23,021 92 


000 


2,978 08 


Current Year Overlay 


0.00 


655,000 00 


653,307 00 


000 


00 


653,307 00 


Prior Year Overlay Deficit 


000 


000 


00 


000 


00 


000 


Retirement Contributions 


00 


1,106.404 00 


1,078,985 00 


1,078,985 44 


00 


(0 44) 


Teachers Retirement 


0.00 


00 


00 


00 


00 


00 


County Retirement Tax 


0.00 


61 ft VI nn 


A A QfiR nn 

44,000 UU 


A A QCJ 7Q 

44,00/ /y 


00 


(1 79) 


Offset Items 


0.00 


34,764 00 


36,457 00 


000 


00 


36,457 00 


Special Education 


u.uu 


1,01300 


(674 00) 


349 00 


n nn 
U UU 


(1 ,U2j UU) 


Mass Bay Trans Auth 


0.00 


403,957 00 


416,928 00 


412.483 00 


00 


4,445 00 


MAPC (Ch 688 of 1963) 


0.00 


4,278 00 


4,416 00 


4,416 00 


00 


00 


Excise Tax (Ch 727 of 1962) 


0.00 


11,140 00 


13.120 00 


10,380 00 


00 


2,740 00 


Energy Cons Pro Assessment 


0.00 


000 


00 


00 


00 


000 


Metro Air Poll ConI Dist 


0.00 


5,070 00 


5,036 00 


5,036 00 


00 


000 


Mosquito Control Program 


0.00 


23,339 00 


26,405 00 


25,549 00 


00 


856 00 


M W R A Sewer Assessment 


000 


1,138,771 00 


1,249,681 00 


1,249,681 00 


00 


00 


Criminal Justice Training 


00 


000 


3,600 00 


3,600 00 


00 


000 


Final Court Judgements 


00 


000 


00 


000 


00 


000 


Statutory Charges Subtotal 


0.00 


3,457,556 00 


3.558,127 00 


2.858,369 15 


00 


699,757 85 


CAPITAL OUTLAY 














Police Dept. Cruisers 


0.00 


00, 00'* UU 


Q1 li A nn 
yi , / 14 UU 


QQ ncA nn 

OO. jD4 UU 


00 


3,350 00 


Fire Dept Pumper 


0.00 


180,000 00 


180.000 00 


179,900 00 


000 


100 00 


Fire Dept Chiefs Vehicle 


u.uu 


22,361 00 


22.361 00 


22,361 00 


n nn 

U UU 


U UU 


Highway Div Pickup Trucks 


000 


21,052 00 


21.052 00 


21,052 00 


00 


00 


Highway Div Dump Truck 


0.00 


30,771 00 


30.771 00 


30,771 00 


00 


00 


Highway Div Rotary Mower 


0.00 




57,965 00 


000 


57,965 00 


00 


Public Buildings West Schoolhouse Roo 


00 


11,000 00 


11,000 00 


6,293 63 


4,706 37 


00 


Public Buildings Public BIdgs Van 


0,00 


26,536 00 


26,536 00 


26,536 00 


000 


00 


Public Buildings ADA Compliance 


0.00 


9,000 00 


9,000 00 


6,749 91 


2,250 09 


000 


School Dept Handicap Van 


0.00 




33,116 00 


00 


33,116 00 


00 


School Dept Spnnkler System 


0.00 


10,000 00 


10,000 00 


8,966 26 


00 


1,033 74 


School Dept Tennis/BBall Courts 


00 


28,000 00 


28,000 00 


28.000 00 


00 


00 


Capital Outlay Subtotal 


00 


427,084 00 


521,515 00 


418,993 80 


98,037 46 


4,483 74 


WARRANT ARTICLES 














Memorial DayA/eterans Day 


0.00 


5,000 00 


5,000 00 


1,746 38 


2.959 08 


295 54 


Lease Quarters-Marines, VFW, Legion 


0.00 


2,250 00 


2.250 00 


1,500 00 


00 


750 00 


Street Acceptance 


00 


100 00 


100 00 


000 


00 


100 00 


Senior Tax Rebate Program 


2,000 00 


10,000 00 


10,000 00 


4,000 00 


8,000 00 


000 


Facilities Development Program 


40,000 00 


000 


00 


40.000 00 


00 


000 


Warrant Articles Subtotal 


42,000 00 


17,350 00 


17,350 00 


47,245 38 


10,959 08 


1,145 54 


TOTAL 


685,418 37 


38,272,616 00 


38,639,579 38 


37,204,596 53 


1,049,233 09 


1,071,168 13 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON. MASSACHUSETTS 

WATER DEPARTMENT 
ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN FUND BALANCES 
FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1997 



REVENUES 


ACTUAL FISCAL 
1994 


ACTUAL FISCAL 
1995 


ACTUAL FISCAL 
1996 


ACTUAL FISCAL 
1997 


WATER RECEIVABLES RATES 
WATER RECEIVABLES SERVICES 
WATER RECEIVABLES INDUSTRIAL 
WATER RECEIVABLES CONNECTIONS 
WATER RECEIVABLES FIRE PROT 
WATER RECEIVABLES CROSS CONN 

\A/ATCD 1 ICMC 
V¥r\ICr\ LICINO 

SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS 
CAPITAL PROJECT CLOSEOUTS 
MISCELLANEOUS 
REIMBURSEMENTS 


2,691,225 68 
16,414 11 
49.644 51 
85.350 00 
31,11229 
44.760 00 
103.708 26 
4,338 85 
000 

63.062 53 


2,681,111 81 
8,981 94 
31,339,80 
113,508 00 
30,913 29 
41,614 60 
118,204 82 
3,730 53 
00 

lD,D/4 Jl 

18,70524 


3,046,538 95 
10,499 00 
2,471 89 
99,768 80 
33,613,66 
31,633 50 
101 204 43 
4,170 14 
00 
Z \ ,OJl 00 
00 


2,837.206 10 
15.382 35 
34,577 50 
91,302 00 
37,194 60 
24.835 00 
104 422 01 
1.949 47 
00 
^0,D54 id 

000 


TOTAL REVENUE 


3,121,570 10 


3,064,684 34 


3.351.731 75 


3.175.523 18 


OPERATING COSTS 


1,401.187 00 


1.390.448 96 


1,686 595 00 


1,624,124 40 


TOTAL OPERATING COSTS 


1,401,187 00 


1,390,448 96 


1,686.595 26 


1,624,124 40 


EXCESS REVENUES OVER OPERATING COSTS 


1,720,383 10 


1,674,235 38 


1,665.136 49 


1,551.398 78 


TRANSFERS TO GENERAL FUND FOR 
DEBT SERVICE. EMPLOYEES BENEFITS 
AND ALLOCATED CHARGES 


1,473,987 00 


1.439,550 00 


1.290 489 00 


1,234,668 00 


EXCESS OF EXPENDITURES AND 
TRANSFERS OVER REVENUES 


246,396 10 


234.685 38 


374,647 49 


316,730 78 


TOTAL FUND BALja,NCE - BEGINNING 


63,603 60 


309.999 70 


544.685 08 


919,332.57 


TOTAL FUND BALANCE - ENDING 


309,999 70 


544,685 08 


919,332 57 


1,236.063 35 



-192- 



TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
COMBINING STATEMENTS OF REVENUES, 
EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCES 
CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND 
FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1997 



Town Meeting Dates 
Initial Project Authorization 



N E SEWER 
SEWER INTERCEPTOR 
CONSTRUCTION (ENGINEERING) 
4/23/88 



1,210,000 



450,000 



MAIN ST 
SEWER 
4/22/89 

747,000 



RT 38 SEWER 
CONSTRUCTION 
4/27/96 

985,000 



LOWELL ST 
SEWER 
4/27/96 



80,000 



SHAWSHEENWELL 
RAW MAIN 
4/27/96 

1,000,000 



TOTAL 
(MEMORANDUM 
ONLY) 



4 472( 



REVENUES 
Intergovernmental 

Total Revenue 
EXPENDITURES 
Capital Outlay 
Total Expenditures 

Excess of revenues over/under 
expenditures 

Ottier Financial Sources(uses). 
Proceeds of General 
Obligation Bonds & Notes 
Operating transfers 
Total Ottier Financial 
Sources/Uses 



00 
00 

00 



00 



00 



00 



0,00 



000 



00 



000 



0.00 



000 



0,00 



0.00 



00 



00 



00 



00 



OOP 

00 

9,93823 



0.00 



00 



00 



00 



35,270.20 



(9,938 23) (35,270 20) 



000 



00 



00 
00 

52,244,00 



00 



00 



00 



97,45243 



(52,244 00) (97,452 43) 



00 



00 



Excess of Revenues 
and other sources over 
(under) expenditures and 
other uses 

FUND BALANCE JULY 1, 1996 



00 
182,456 29 



00 00 

7,266 68 121,479 43 



(9,938 23) 
00 



(35,270 20) 
00 



(52,244 00) 
00 



(97 452 43) 
311,202 40 



FUND BALANCE JUNE 30, 1997 



182,456 29 



7,266 68 121,479 43 



(9,93823) 



(35,270 20) 



(52,244 00 ) 



213,749 97 



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TOWN OF WILMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
SCHEDULE OF LONG TERM DEBT 
FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1997 





YEAR 


YEAR 




OUTSTANDING 


BOND 


BOND 


OUTSTANDING 


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II IMP "iTi 1QQ7 

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INSIDE DEBT LIMIT 
















Sewer Bonds 


n? 77 


07 QB 


o.u 


luU,UUU 


u 


on nnn 
oU,UUU 


on nnn 


Sewer Bonds 


Uo-o^ 


07 


y.o-iu.'t 


on nnn 
yu,uuu 


U 


QA AAA 

yu,uuu 


n 
U 


Street Bonds 


n-yu 


11 -yo 


b.O-O.OD 


'iR nnn 


U 


AC nnn 


on nnn 


Remodeling 


1 1 on 

M-yu 


1 i-yo 


D.oO 


■iRn nnn 


n 
U 


cA nnn 


inn nnn 
1UU,UUU 


Sewer - Main Street 


11-90 


A A no 

1 1-9o 


C Q C QC 

b.o-b.ob 


07n nnn 
0/(J,'JUU 





7C AAA 

/b.OOO 


AAC AAA 

295,000 


School Boilers 


11-90 


1 1-99 


6 8-6 85 


375 000 





95 000 


280 000 


Sewer-MWRA Loan 


06-95 


05-00 





82,800 





20,700 


62,100 


Dept. Equipment-Fire 


06-95 


06-00 


5.1 


180,000 





45,000 


135,000 


Judgement Loan 


08-96 


08-02 


4.9 





1,125,000 





1,125,000 


TOTAL INSIDE DEBT LIMIT 








1,442,800 


1,125,000 


470,700 


2,097,100 


OUTSIDE DEBT LIMIT 
















School Renovation 


08-86 


08-96 


5.8-5.9 


80,000 





80,000 





Water Plant 


07-79 


07-98 


5.25 


300,000 





150,000 


150,000 


Water Plant 


08-86 


08-96 


5.8-5.9 


370,000 





370,000 





Water Land Purchase 


08-92 


08-96 


4.25 


175,000 





175,000 





Water Standpipe 


11-90 


11-00 


6.8-8.85 


720,000 





140,000 


580,000 


TOTAL OUTSIDE DEBT LIMIT 






1,645,000 





915,000 


730,000 


TOTAL DEBT 








3,087,800 


1,125,000 


1,385,700 


2,827,100 



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Department 

Accountant 
Animal Control 

Arts Center 
Assessor 

Board of Selectmen Office 
Building Inspector 
Cemetery Department 
Collector of Taxes 
Credit Union 

Department of Public Works 
Elderly Services 
Engineer 

Financial Director 
Fire Department 

Fire Prevention 
Health, Board of 
Housing Authority 
Library 

Nurse 

Planning/Conservation 
Plumbing Inspector 
Police Department 



Public Buildings Department 
Recreation Department 
School Department 
Town Clerk 
Town Manager 

Treasurer 
Tree Department 
Veteran's Agent 
Water Department 
Water Pumping Station 



Telephone Number 

694-2029 

658-5071 (Complaints) 
658-7845 (Missing/Adoption) 

657- 3887 

658- 3675 
658-3311 
658-4531 
658-3901 
658-3531 
658-5394 
658-4481 

657- 7595 

658- 4499 
658-3531 

658-3346 (Business Phone) 

9-1-1 (EMERGENCY) 
694-2006 
658-4298 
658-8531 
658-2967 

657- 4625 (TDD) 

658- 4298 
658-8238 
658-3223 
658-5071 

9-1-1 (EMERGENCY) 

657- 8368 (TDD) 

658- 3017 
658-4270 
694-6000 
658-2030 
658-3311 
694-1417 (TDD) 
658-3531 
658-2809 
694-2040 
658-3116 
658-4711 



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